December 30, 2014 — Merb’s Candies has issued a recall for Bionic Apples and Double Dipped Apples because they may be contaminated with Listeria, a bacteria that can cause deadly food poisoning.
The pre-packaged, commercially-produced caramel apples were available for retail sales at St. Louis locations, through local supermarkets and mail order nationwide.
They were sold in a cellophane bag and were available from September 8 through November 25, 2014. Production ceased on November 23 and the apples are no longer available for purchase.
Merb’s Candies is the third company to issue a recall for apples supplied by Bidart Brothers. Other recalls have been issued by California Snack Foods and Happy Apple Company.
The FDA recommends:
“Out of an abundance of caution and consumer safety concerns, we recommend that any consumers that are still in possession of caramel apples follow the advice of the CDC and dispose of the product in a secure container to avoid potential contamination to animals.”
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in people with vulnerable immune systems.
At least 30 infections have been reported in this outbreak, including three children who developed invasive infections (meningitis), nine pregnant women. Everyone who was infected has been hospitalized. Five deaths have been reported, including three that were likely caused by Listeria. The first lawsuit has been filed against Safeway on behalf of a woman who died.
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