December 29, 2014 — The FDA has opened an investigation into a deadly outbreak of food poisoning linked to pre-packaged, commercially-produced caramel apples contaminated with Listeria.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has already reported 29 illnesses, including five deaths, in 10 states. Everyone who was infected had to be hospitalized, including nine pregnant women.
According to the Safety Warning:
“Listeriosis can be fatal, especially in certain high-risk groups. These groups include the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems and certain chronic medical conditions such as cancer.”
The outbreak may be linked to apples from Bidart Brothers, a company that supplied apples to a facility in California.
Recalls have been issued by:
- Happy Apple Company – based in Washington, Missouri, sold caramel apples under the Happy Apple brand with best-by dates between August 25 and November 23.
- California Snack Goods – based in El Monta, California, sold caramel apples under the Karmel D’Apple brand with best-by dates between August 15 and November 28.
Happy Apple Co. stopped production at the end of October as part of a normal seasonal shut-down. Their apples are past their expiration and are no longer available in stores. The apples were sold individually and in three-pack, four-pack, and eight-pack containers.
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