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Update: 16 Big Olaf Ice Cream Flavors Test Positive for Listeria

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is issuing formal stop sales on the 16 products where listeria was found.

By Cooper Levey-Baker July 14, 2022

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Update, July 18, 2022: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) spokesperson Erin Moffet said last Friday that 16 out of 17 Big Olaf flavors tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, including Blueberry Cheesecake, Butter Pecan, Cherry Cordial, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Coconut Almond Joy, Cookie Dough, Cookies & Cream, Kahlua Krunch, Mint Chip, Pistachio, Plantation Praline, Superman, Vanilla, and White Chocolate Raspberry.

The FDACS is issuing formal stop sales on the 16 products where L. mono was found, which were previously part of a voluntary recall. The FDACS is continuing to work closely with its state and federal partners on this investigation and enforcement of the stop sale, Moffet says.

Tests conducted by the Florida Department of Agrictulture and Consumer Services at Sarasota's Big Olaf Creamery have turned up positive for listeria bacteria. The news follows a recall for all Big Olaf products that was issued in response to a multi-state listeria outbreak.

The state collected 100 samples from the Big Olaf facility on Cattlemen Road last week, and nine have so far showed positive results for the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, according to Department of Agrictulture and Consumer Services spokesperson Erin Moffet. The bacteria were found on a squeegee, conveyor belts, floor drains, a pipe and in other locations, according to the state.

Following the analysis of the tests, the state "has issued a stop use order of the processing equipment where the Listeria monocytogenes was found," Moffet writes in an email. "This will effectively shut down all operations at this processing facility, which had already been done voluntarily by the company." Moffet writes that the department is unable to comment further because the state's investigation remains "active."

The listeria outbreak currently includes 23 illnesses in 10 states that have resulted in 22 hospitalizations and one death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All Big Olaf products with expiration dates through June 30 are included in the recall.

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