FDA warns that recalled ice cream is still for sale despite deadly listeria outbreak
- FDA issues new warning about ice cream recall linked to listeria outbreak.
- Recalled ice cream poses a health risk and some products may still be for sale.
- According to the federal agency, the death of an Illinois woman has been linked to ice cream.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new warning about the recall of Big Olaf Creamery ice cream. These products are linked to an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes that has already caused at least one death.
The federal agency is concerned that some retailers are still selling Big Olaf ice cream products that are part of the recall and urged those businesses to get rid of any Big Olaf ice cream stock they may have, according to BGR.
Ice cream still on sale despite Big Olaf Creamery recall
Bearing in mind that the ice cream from the Big Olaf Creamery recall could still be on store shelves, it is important to take the authorities’ warning seriously and avoid buying any of the recalled ice creams as well as throwing away the remains of these products that you have at home. You must not eat it under any circumstances.
“Don’t eat Big Olaf Creamery ice cream and throw away the leftovers. Businesses should not serve or sell it. CDC is working to determine if any other products are linked to illnesses,» the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Twitter.
This is the third alert issued by the CDC
According to the federal agency, a total of 23 infections have been identified in ten US states and 22 of those cases have ended with hospital admissions. One woman from Illinois died, according to the EFE agency.
The CDC, which had already issued two initial alerts about this outbreak on June 30 and July 8, pointed out that the infections originate with Big Olaf Creamery brand ice cream. The company is based in Sarasota, on the west coast of Florida. The agency expressed concern that the products are still in stores.
Woman dies after eating Big Olaf Creamery ice cream
According to Fox News, after the 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 pause production.
The outbreak has prompted two lawsuits against the company, one of them filed by the relatives of Mary Billman, 79, who died after becoming infected with listeria after consuming ice cream at one of the company’s stores during a trip to Sarasota. The other lawsuit has been filed by a pregnant woman who fell seriously ill of listeria after eating ice cream from Big Olaf Creamery and suffered a miscarriage.