A growing number of recalls have been issued for ice cream that was contaminated with Listeria, a bacteria that can cause deadly outbreaks of food poisoning.
Need a Texas Ice Cream Listeria Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was diagnosed Listeria after eating ice cream, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
UPDATE: Judge Awards $4 Million in Ice Cream Listeria Lawsuit
In January 2023, a judge in Florida approved a $4 million judgement to the husband of Mary Billman, a woman who died 2 weeks after she ate a cup of Listeria-tainted ice cream from Big Olaf Creamery in Sarasota, Florida. Health officials reported that 16 out of 17 samples of ice cream from Big Olaf tested positive for Listeria contamination.
Big Olaf® Ice Cream Recalled After Deadly Listeria Outbreak
In July 2022, Big Olaf® Ice cream from a creamery based in Sarasota, Florida, was linked to a deadly outbreak of food poisoning infections with Listeria, according to the CDC Food Safety Alert.
On July 13, 2022, Big Olaf Creamery recalled all sizes and flavors of ice cream due to a risk of Listeria contamination.
From January 2021 to June 2022, at least 23 people were infected with Listeria in 10 states, including 1 person in Illinois who died and 22 people who were hospitalized due to a severe illness.
Five pregnant women were infected in the outbreak, including one woman who suffered the loss of her unborn baby.
Big Olaf® Ice Cream was produced in Florida, and nearly all of the sick people lived in Florida or reported traveling to Florida and eating ice cream.
Big Olaf Creamery ice cream was sold at Big Olaf ice cream shops, other stores in Florida, restaurants and senior homes in Florida, and one location in Fredericksburg, Ohio.
What is the Problem?
Ice cream has been a repeated source of deadly food poisoning outbreaks with Listeria. Unlike most bacteria, Listeria can survive freezing. It likes to grow in dark, wet places, especially the nooks and crannies of a cold-food manufacturing facility.
Texas Ice Cream Maker Linked to Deadly Listeria Outbreak
One of the most notorious food poisoning outbreaks was linked to Blue Bell Ice Cream, a Texas-based ice cream company. At least 10 people were infected with Listeria after eating Blue Bell ice cream, including 3 people who died.
Paul Kruse, the former CEO, was charged in a criminal conspiracy to cover up the deadly outbreak. The company was also ordered to pay $17.25 million in criminal penalties in connection with the cover-up.
Other Ice Cream Recalls for Listeria
- Big Olaf Ice Cream
- The Royal Ice Cream Company (multiple brands)
- Batch Ice Cream
- Velvet Ice Cream & Sherbet
- Peekaboo Ice Cream
- Ice cream bars (multiple brands)
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
- Blue Bell Ice Cream
- And more
What is Listeria?
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal food poisoning, especially in young children, elderly adults, and people with vulnerable immune systems.
Pregnant women may show few symptoms, but frequently suffer complications like a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infection of the newborn.
The symptoms of a Listeria infection can appear as soon as the first day after eating contaminated food, but it sometimes takes up to 70 days. These symptoms may include:
- Muscle aches
- Stiff neck
- Loss of balance
- And more
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