Sarasota ice cream maker linked to deadly Listeria outbreak

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Have you been tracking the Listeria outbreak in multiple states? Very scary.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated and they identified Florida as the state where the outbreaks originated.

Now they have identified the source further. The CDC has issued a warning to Big Olaf Creamer in Sarasota to stop selling or serving product until further notice.

The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration made the initial assessment that Florida was where listeria originated. The tally now stands at 23 people who have fallen ill with listeria in the past week.

Big Olaf Creamery has six physical locations in Sarasota County, according to its website. Additionally, it has nine other retailers throughout Florida. Sprinkles Ice Cream Shop is located on St. Pete Beach. Twistee Treat is on Pine Island Road in North Fort Myers. Great Scoops at Treasure Island. Beverly’s Ice Cream is in Clearwater Beach.

If you visit the CDC’s website, you’ll see that it says public health officials are still asking people about the foods they ate in the month before they got sick.

Specifically, on the website it says: “Of the 17 respondents, 14 (82%) said they had eaten ice cream. Of the 13 people who recalled details about the type of ice cream they ate, six said they ate Big Olaf Creamery brand ice cream or ate ice cream from places that might have been provided by Big Olaf Creamery.

Of all cases, tragically, one person from Illinois died and a pregnant woman suffered a miscarriage.

Almost everyone who got sick lives in Florida or has traveled to Florida.

So scary. Hopefully the CDC and FDA can shed some light on this soon.

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