The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked a listeria outbreak responsible for at least 22 hospitalizations and one death to ice cream sold in Florida.

Public health and regulatory officials in several states, working with the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), identified ice cream made by Big Olaf Creamery as a potential source of the outbreak. Big Olaf Creamery is voluntarily contacting retailers to ask them not to see its ice cream products until further notice, the CDC said in a July 2 statement.

“Consumers who have Big Olaf Creamery brand ice cream at home should throw away any remaining product,” the CDC said. People should also clean and disinfect any surfaces, containers, ice cream scoops, or other serving utensils that may have touched Big Olaf ice cream products, the CDC advised.

“Listeria symptoms usually start within two weeks after eating food contaminated with listeria,” the CDC said in a June 30 statement describing the outbreak. Symptoms can start the same day, or up to 70 days later, the CDC said.


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