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Florida ice cream company linked to Listeria outbreak

Ashley Sabol
Microbiologist Ashley Sabol extracts Listeria bacteria for genome sequencing in a foodborne disease outbreak lab at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(WEST PALM BEACH, FLA) — Big Olaf Creamery, a Sarasota-based ice cream company, is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in connection to a Listeria outbreak, WPTV reports.

The ice cream company’s products are sold exclusively in Florida to everything from supermarkets to senior homes.

Big Olaf Creamery is contacting its buyers to curb the outbreak and the CDC is recommending that anyone who has purchased this brand of ice cream throw it out immediately.

According to the CDC’s ongoing investigation, virtually everyone who contracted the parasite traveled to or lived in Florida the month before the outbreak.