Kroger Co. has pulled unrefrigerated caramel apples from its store shelves after it was found they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that causes severe foodborne illness.
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What’s the problem?
October 15, 2015 – Kroger took the action “out of an abundance of caution” after a study published by the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) found that unrefrigerated caramel apples were at risk for listeria contamination after being pierced with a stick, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Specifically, the study found that piercing an apple with a stick causes some juice to become trapped under the caramel, creating an environment that fosters the growth of listeria already present on the apple’s surface. The bacteria grows more quickly when the apples are unrefrigerated, according to the study.
Payton Pruett, vice president of food safety at Kroger, said in a press release that the health risk posed by the caramel apples is minimal. He said the company is open to carrying the products again at some point in the future, and that it will work with suppliers to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
What is Listeriosis?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listeriosis is a severe infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The disease typically affects children, the elderly, and adults with weakened immune systems. Prompt antibiotic treatment can help curb the effects of listeria infection.
Signs and symptoms of listeriosis include:
- Muscle aches
If the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms may include:
- Stiff neck
- Confusion or changes in alertness
- Loss of balance
Do I Have a Caramel Apple Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in caramel apple lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new listeria cases in all 50 states.
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