Last week when reports emerged that a listeria outbreak killed one person and sent 22 others to the hospital after originating in Florida, many were looking for the source of the outbreak and now the answer is here. According to the recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control, the listeria outbreak is linked to ice cream sold from the Big Olaf Creamery in Florida.
@TheHill reports, following interviews conducted by the CDC in which 14 people of 17 interviewed confirmed eating ice cream and the location, Big Olaf Creamery in Florida has now been identified as the source of a recent listeria outbreak that has so far killed one person. Big Olaf Creamery is known to serve a specific brand of ice cream that was also confirmed by those sickened with listeria, which is one of the deadliest forms of food poisoning.
Via statement, Big Olaf Creamery addressed being at the center of the listeria outbreak, while revealing that the company is fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation. The company also claimed that “it is only speculation” that its ice cream is responsible for the listeria outbreak. “Our brand has not been confirmed to be linked to these cases. Nothing has been proven,” the statement partially read.
Meanwhile, the CDC said that in addition to Big Olaf Creamery contacting all known retail locations and businesses to alert them to stop selling their ice cream until further notice, the health organization is also urging anyone who purchased Big Olaf Creamery ice cream to throw it away immediately.
As we previously reported, 22 people across 10 states have been sickened with listeria, with the majority of cases originating in Florida.
Other cases were reported in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
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