Caramel Apple Listeria Outbreak Continues to GrowJanuary 5, 2015 — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that 32 people have fallen ill and a sixth death has been linked to food poisoning from commercially-produced, pre-packaged caramel apples contaminated with Listeria.

The following number of cases were reported in 11 states: Arizona (4), California (2), Minnesota (4), Missouri (5), Nevada (1), New Mexico (6), North Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (3).

Canadian health officials have also reported two cases of listeriosis with the same genetic fingerprint as cases in the United States.

Recalls were issued by three companies — Happy Apples, California Snack Foods, and Merb’s Candies — after learning that the outbreak may be connected to apples supplied by Bidart Brothers.

Health experts do not know how many brands of caramel apples. The CDC continues to recommend that consumers avoid eating commercially produced, pre-packaged caramel apples, including plain caramel apples and those topped with nuts, sprinkles, chocolate, etc.

Last month, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman who died from listeriosis after eating caramel apples purchased at a Safeway grocery store in California.

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