FDA Safety Warning for Caramel Apple Listeria OutbreakDecember 29, 2014 — The FDA has issued a warning about an outbreak of Listeria infection from eating pre-packaged, commercially produced caramel apples.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 29 people in 10 states were infected. All 29 people were hospitalized and five died. Nine pregnant women were also infected. Listeriosis contributed to at least three of the deaths.

Happy Apple Co. of Washington, Missouri has issued a voluntary recall for Happy Apple brand caramel apples with a best-by date between August 25 and November 23, 2014, because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The apples are sold in single pack, three pack, four packs, and eight packs and each package will have a best-by date on the front of the package.

Happy Apples was notified of the outbreak by Bidart Brothers, a company that supplied apples to a California facility. Operations shut down at the end of October as part of their normal, seasonal shut-down and the caramel apples are no longer available in stores.

On December 27, 2014, California Snack Foods of El Monte, California issued a recall for Karmel D’Apple brand caramel apples with best-by dates between August 15 and November 28. The apples were supplied by Bidart Brothers and distributed in Arizona, California, Texas, and Utah.

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