January 20, 2015 — Pacific Coast Fruit, of Portland, Oregon is joining a recall for caramel apples that may be a food poisoning risk due to contamination with Listeria.
Pacific Coast Fruit did not manufacture caramel-coated candy apples, but they sold products from Happy Apple Company.
The apples were supplied by Bidart Brothers, a California-based grower. On January 9, Bidart Brothers recalled Gala and Granny Smith apples.
Pacific Coast Fruit Company is now in the process of contacting customers and recalling all Happy Apple brand caramel apples sold after September 22, of 2014.
As of January 10, the CDC has reported at least 32 illnesses in 11 states. Seven deaths have been reported, with listeriosis contributing to at least three of the deaths. Ten illnesses were pregnancy-related, with one illness resulting in fetal loss. Three cases of meningitis occurred in children under 15 years old who were otherwise healthy.
Most people who got sick reported eating caramel apples. Test results confirmed two strains of Listeria monocytogenes in the outbreak were also collected from an apple processing facility operated by Bidart Brothers.
Health officials advise consumers to avoid eating commercially-produced, pre-packaged whole caramel apples, including various brands containing nuts, sprinkles, chocolate, and other toppings that were made using Bidart Brothers apples.
Symptoms food poisoning from Listeria can take up to 70 days to develop and may include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
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