USA – Florida officials order Big Olaf Creamery to stop all activities as part of outbreak investigation – Listeria monocytogenes

Food Safety News

State officials have ordered Big Olaf Creamery to stop use of processing equipment in a plant associated with a deadly outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections.

The Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (FDACS) is still waiting for results of product sampling, but the evidence of Listeria in the production plant is enough for the state to take action.

Twenty-three people have been infected with Listeria and one has died. One pregnant women suffered a miscarriage.

A spokesman with the Florida Department of Health told Food Safety News today that the agency has been investigating the outbreak for a year.

The agriculture and consumers services department took more than 100 samples at the manufacturing plant of Big Olaf Creamery and nine came back positive, including one from a transfer pipe from pre mix to an ice cream machine.

“FDACS has issued a stop use order of the processing equipment where the Listeria monocytogenes was found. This will effectively shut down all operations at this processing facility, which had already been done voluntarily by the company,” according to a statement today from the department.

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