At least 35 people were diagnosed with listeriosis in the following 12 states: Arizona (5), California (3), Colorado (1), Minnesota (4), Missouri (5), Nevada (1), New Mexico (6), North Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (3).
Seven deaths were reported, including three where listeriosis likely contributed to the death. A pregnant woman also suffered a miscarriage. Three children under 15 years old developed invasive meningitis infections.
Investigators with the FDA collected samples of Listeria from an apple-packing facility operated in California by Bidart Brothers. After sequencing the genome, they concluded that it was “highly related to the outbreak strains.”
Bidart Brother recalled Gala and Granny Smith apples, which were distributed throughout the United States and Canada. Several recalls have been issued by companies that used Bidart Brothers apples to make pre-package, commercially-produced caramel apples during last year’s holiday season.
The outbreak began just before Halloween. The last case of food poisoning was reported on January 6, 2015.
According to the CDC:
“This outbreak appears to be over. However, recalled products may still be in people’s homes. Consumers unaware of the recalls could continue to eat the products and get sick.”
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