Big Olaf Creamery ordered to pay $4 million after woman’s death linked to listeria outbreak


Last year the outbreak affected at least 28 people and resulted in pregnancy loss.

Big Olaf Creamery ordered to pay $4 million after woman's death linked to listeria outbreak

Judge William Jung’s ruling included $1 million in punitive damages to Big Olaf.

In a wrongful death lawsuit brought by her estate. Billman was described as the “matriarch” of a large family. Besides to serving as the primary caregiver for her husband. Who suffered from dementia, Billman had three children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. – Grandchildren. -grandchildren.” Her pain and suffering and resulting death.

Billman’s death was part of a multistate listeria outbreak last year. That affected at least 28 people. After a state investigation, Florida authorities shut down. The facility and ordered a recall. A next investigation by the US Food. And Drug Administration cited Big Olaf in a December 9 warning. Letter for “serious violations” of the US health code.

“The presence of [Listeria-associated bacteria in your facility. And your products is significant in that it demonstrates. That your sanitation efforts are insufficient to effectively. Control pathogens in your facility to prevent food contamination,” the FDA said.

Judge Jung’s ruling came after an evidentiary hearing Friday.

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