Did you receive caramel apple gifts over the holidays? Make sure you check the packaging, as they may be part of a nationwide recall involving a listeria outbreak.
According to Food Safety Magazine, as of last week, there were seven reported deaths and more than 30 illnesses in 11 states stemming from the outbreak, which have been linked to a voluntary recall of Granny Smith and Gala apples.
Testing on the recalled apples, produced by Bidart Bros, of California, revealed the presence of listeria. According to Food Safety Magazine, as of last week, 25 people affected reported eating commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the outbreak. The agency reported that three children between the ages of 5-15 years old have become ill with meningitis. Those most at risk for contacting an illness include adults 65 years or older, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women.
For more information about the recall, you can visit the CDC’s website by clicking here.
Among candy companies that have voluntarily recalled caramel apple products are Happy Apples, California Snack Foods and Merb’s Candies.
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Sadly, many people are now experiencing the impact of poor food preparation in this case.
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Targan Talk: Among those injured in the listeria outbreak, as of last week, 10 were pregnant women.