On Saturday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention traced the source of the deadly, multi-state listeria outbreak in Florida to Big Olaf Creamery, an ice cream brand sold only in that state.
“Consumers who have Big Olaf Creamery brand ice cream at home should throw away any remaining product,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.
The CDC added that businesses that sell the company’s products should neither sell nor serve anything from Big Olaf.
In light of the CDC order, the Sarasota-based brand is “voluntarily contacting retail locations to recommend against selling their ice cream products until further notice.”
The CDC called on the public to clean and disinfect any items or areas the products may have touched.
Based on the July 2 data, the outbreak has left one dead and sickened 23 people, including 22 hospitalized, across 10 states — Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
The CDC noted that symptoms differ for those who are pregnant—who, along with those who are immunocompromised or aged 65 and older, are the most at risk for severe disease—but can include fever, exhaustion, achy muscles, headache, convulsions, and trouble balancing.
Moreover, the CDC said a listeria infection during pregnancy could result in many devastating scenarios, including miscarriage and stillbirth.
CDC added that symptoms could occur anywhere from the day of infection to 70 days later, though they typically start within two weeks.