The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating an outbreak of Listeria infection linked to the Big Olaf Creamery brand of ice cream, the agency said on Saturday.
Ice cream is sold only in Florida. The manufacturer is voluntarily contacting retailers to recommend against selling its ice cream products until further notice. The CDC says consumers who have ice cream at home should throw it away and clean areas, containers, and utensils that may have touched the product.
Interviews with 17 infected people found that 14 reported eating ice cream and six recalled eating Big Olaf Creamery brand ice cream or eating ice cream at locations that were supplied by Big Olaf Creamery.
So far, 23 people in ten states have been infected, “almost all” who lived or traveled in Florida in the month, the agency said in an earlier press release. Twelve of the infected lived in Florida.
One death due to the infection has been reported in Illinois and 22 people have been hospitalized. Five people infected during pregnancy were infected, and one fetal loss has been reported. Pregnant people are at higher risk of serious infection with listeria.