FDA, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is assisting the Florida Department of Health (FL DOH) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) in investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to ice cream supplied by Big Olaf Creamery, which is based in Sarasota, Fla.
In response to the outbreak investigation, Big Olaf Creamery ceased production and distribution of its ice cream products on July 1, 2022. Big Olaf Creamery is now working to voluntarily recall all flavors and all lots of Big Olaf brand ice cream products, which were sold in plastic pint-sized containers, plastic half-gallon containers, and plastic 2.5-gallon tubs.
All flavors, lots, codes, and expiration dates through June 30, 2022 are included in this recall. The recalled product was sold at Big Olaf retailers in Florida as well as to consumers in restaurants and senior homes, and at one location in Ohio.
Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve any recalled Big Olaf ice cream products and should throw the product away, regardless of the “best by” or expiration date.
FDA is concerned that retailers may still be selling the recalled products. Consumers, restaurants, and retailers who purchased or received any recalled Big Olaf ice cream products should throw the products away and use extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with these products to reduce the risk of cross contamination. Listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.
This is an ongoing investigation, and FDA is continuing to work with FL DOH and FDACS to investigate.