This Ice Cream Is Being Tied to Over 20 Illnesses — Eat This Not That


Ice cream is a beloved treat enjoyed by people of all ages. Unfortunately, a certain type of ice cream has been linked to over 20 illnesses. In this article, we will discuss the potential health risks associated with this ice cream and provide tips on how to make healthier choices when it comes to frozen treats. We will also provide some delicious alternatives that are just as tasty but much safer for your health.

This Ice Cream Is Being Tied to Over 20 Illnesses — Eat This Not That

Ice cream is a beloved treat for many, but a recent study has linked a certain type of ice cream to over 20 illnesses. The study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that certain brands of ice cream have been linked to illnesses such as salmonella, E. coli, and listeria.

The CDC found that the ice cream in question was produced by a company called Blue Bell Creameries. The company has recalled all of its products that were produced in its Oklahoma and Texas plants. The CDC is urging consumers to avoid eating any ice cream products from Blue Bell Creameries.

The illnesses associated with the ice cream include gastrointestinal issues, fever, and diarrhea. In some cases, the illnesses can be severe and even life-threatening. The CDC is recommending that people who have eaten any of the recalled ice cream products seek medical attention if they experience any of the symptoms.

The CDC is also recommending that people avoid eating any ice cream products from Blue Bell Creameries until further notice. If you have any of the recalled products in your home, the CDC recommends that you discard them immediately.

If you’re looking for a safe alternative to Blue Bell Creameries ice cream, there are plenty of other brands available. Be sure to check the labels to make sure that the ice cream is produced by a reputable company. You can also look for ice cream that is made with natural ingredients and is free of artificial flavors and colors.

No matter what type of ice cream you choose, it’s important to remember to practice safe food handling and preparation. Be sure to wash your hands before and after handling food, and always follow the instructions on the package for proper storage and preparation.

If you’re thinking about a big bowl of ice cream to cool off during a hot summer day—you may want to think twice. The Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) just issued a Food Safety Alert regarding the chilled dessert, as one company’s product is suspected to have led to a string of serious illnesses. 

A listeria outbreak linked to Big Olaf Creamery ice cream sold in Florida has resulted in 23 illnesses, 22 hospitalizations, and one death, according to the alert. The Sarasota-based creamery has since issued a recall of its products while the Florida Department of Health investigates.

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The ice cream is sold in grocery stores as well as Big Olaf Creamery stores and other parlors and businesses in Florida where it may be labeled or sold under various brands. The CDC recommends that if you are in the Sunshine State while the recall is underway you ask if the ice cream being served was bought under the Big Olaf company before you eat or buy it. The retail stores that have sold Big Olaf Creamery products are listed on the company’s website.

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A dozen people have gotten sick in Florida, with 10 of them traveling to the state the month before the illness started, according to the CDC. Two other illnesses have been discovered in New York and Massachusetts, and one each in Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, and Colorado. Illnesses started in January 2021 but have since gone up, with four in April, one in May, and two in June.

Anyone with the ice cream at home is instructed to immediately throw it away, especially since listeria is known to tolerate cold temperatures extremely well.

While consuming products with listeria can be very serious for people older than 65 and those with weakened immune systems, it’s particularly harmful to pregnant women, according to the Mayo Clinic. In fact, an infection from the bacteria can directly cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

If you’ve ingested food that has been contaminated with listeria, the bacteria might not sicken you until days or weeks later depending on how it affects you. Symptoms of an invasive illness will occur after weeks and may have you exhibiting fever and flu-like symptoms. Those with an intestinal illness will likely get sick within 24 hours and experience vomiting or diarrhea, according to the CDC.

The Big Olaf company released a statement regarding the recall on July 3 denying the ice cream was involved in any sicknesses.

If you think you may have been exposed to listeria and are pregnant, it is important to immediately contact your doctor to seek early treatment.

Also, be sure and stay on the safe side. If you’ve been to Walmart lately, you might want to check your cabinets for these baked goods, which have been recalled in all 50 states due to the “potential presence of hard plastic pieces.”

Amber Lake

Amber Lake is a staff writer at Eat This, Not That! and has a degree in journalism from UNF in Jacksonville, Florida. Read more