CDC issues new alert on ice cream listeria outbreak: Infections reported in 10 states
- Authorities issued another warning for a listeria outbreak linked to ice cream.
- Infections from the listeria outbreak have been reported in 10 states.
- Most of the patients have had to be hospitalized.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a second alert for a listeria outbreak that has already caused the death of one person and whose origin may be linked to a brand of ice cream manufactured in Florida.
That federal health agency indicated that a total of 23 infections have been identified in 10 states of the country, and 22 of those cases have ended with hospital admissions, in addition to registering the death of a woman from Illinois, the Efe news agency reported on Saturday July 9.
Warning about ice cream linked to listeria outbreak
The CDC, which had already issued an alert on this outbreak on June 30, pointed out that the infections originated in ice cream from the Big Olaf Creamery brand, based in Sarasota, Florida. They expressed their concern that the products are still in stores, explained the textual report of Efe.
The authorities recommended not consuming these ice creams and emphasized that households that already had them in their freezers should discard them immediately. According to the Tampa branch of the Fox network, after two alerts from the CDC, and another made by the Florida Department of Health itself, the company has decided to withdraw its products from stores and stop production.
They should be disposed of immediately
Several Big Olaf retail establishments chose to continue selling ice cream this week, even after the public health agency first linked it to the listeria outbreak on July 2, according to a report published by the media. Herald-Tribune.
«Don’t eat ice cream from Big Olaf Creamery and throw away any leftovers,» the CDC tweeted Friday, issuing the second warning in less than two weeks. “Businesses should not serve it or sell it. The CDC is working to determine if any other products are linked to the illnesses.»
Sue the company
The outbreak has prompted two lawsuits against the company one of them filed by the relatives of Mary Billman, 79, who died after being infected with listeria after consuming the ice cream.
The other lawsuit has been filed by a pregnant woman who became seriously ill with listeria after eating an ice cream from Big Olaf Creamery, resulting in a loss. The CDC maintains an ongoing investigation into this outbreak, as announced on Friday on its website, cited by Efe.