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CDC Warns Public to Not Eat Prepackaged Caramel Apples
A deadly Listeria food poisoning outbreak has been linked to eating commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC cautions consumers to not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples, including plain caramel apples as well as those containing nuts, sprinkles, chocolate, or other toppings until more information is available.
Multiple Companies Recall Caramel Apples Amid Concerns of Listeria Contamination
So far 3 companies have issued a recall for their prepackaged caramel apples because the products may be contaminated with the potentially fatal pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes. Companies who have issued a recall for their prepackaged caramel apples include:
December 29, 2014 – Merb’s Candies brand Bionic Apples and Double Dipped Apples Recall – The recalled caramel apples were available for retail sales at St. Louis area locations, through local supermarkets (in the produce section), and through mail orders nationwide. The recalled caramel apples are individually packaged in a clear, burgundy and gold cellophane bag and were available from September 8th through November 25th 2014. Identifying lot codes were not used.
December 27, 2014 – California Snack Foods recalls its California Snack Foods brand caramel apples with a best use by date (found on the front of the label) between August 15th and November 28th 2014. The recalled California Snack Foods caramel apples are sold in single packs and three packs. The products were available for retail sale through grocery, discount and club stores, generally in the produce section and were distributed to retailers in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Utah.
December 24, 2014 – Happy Apples recalls Happy Apple Brand caramel apples with a best use by date (found on the front of the label) between August 25th 2014 and November 23rd 2014. The recalled Happy Apple caramel apples are sold in single pack, three packs, four packs and eight packs. They were available for retail sale through grocery, discount and club stores, generally in the produce section and were distributed to retailers in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin.
Additional recall information can be found at FDA/Recalls
CDC Outbreak Information as of December 22, 2014
The CDC reports that a total of 29 persons have been infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes across 10 states as follows: Arizona (4), California (1), Minnesota (4), Missouri (5), New Mexico (5), North Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (3). Nine of the Listeria infections have been associated with pregnancy, meaning that either a pregnant woman or her newborn has been infected. All 29 persons were hospitalized. Although 5 deaths were reported, the CDC states that listeriosis contributed to three of the deaths, and a forth is still uncertain. The fifth death was unrelated to listeriosis. Illness onset dates range from October 17, 2014 to November 27, 2014, however, illnesses may still be reported.
The foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes is a type of bacterium capable of causing is a serious and sometimes fatal infection. Newborns, pregnant women, older adults, and those individuals with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk for developing listeriosis and experiencing complications. Although less common, individuals not belonging to one of these high risk groups can also contract listeriosis.