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Bakersfield Apple Packer Works with FDA to Determine Source of Listeria Outbreak

A second round of tests performed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) have confirmed that 2 strains of Listeria monocytogenes were found at a Bidart Bros. processing plant in Shafter, CA, and are believed to be the same strains involved in an 11-state listeria outbreak associated with pre-packaged caramel apples. Those same strains were found in Bidart Bros. apples collected from a retailer by the FDA.

Free Caramel Apple Listeria Food Poisoning Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was sickened after eating caramel apples, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

Given the results of the latest tests, and out of an abundance of caution, Bidart Bros. has issued a nationwide recall for all of its Granny Smith and Gala apples produced in 2014. The Bakersfield-based company last shipped Granny Smith apples to customers on Dec. 2.

“The results are devastating to the Bidart family,” says Leonard Bidart, President of Bidart Bros. “As a family-owned grower operating in California since the 1930s, we place safety at the forefront of everything we do. Our hearts go out to all who have been impacted by the apple-related listeriosis outbreak. From the moment we learned of the issue, we committed ourselves to cooperating completely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the California Department of Public Health.”

FDA is advising consumers to avoid Granny Smith and Gala apples produced by Bidart Bros. These apples may be sold under the brand names “Big B” or “Granny’s Best,” although they may also be sold with no brand name at all. Consumers who have recently purchased Granny Smith or Gala apples should ask their retailers if they were supplied by Bidart Bros. Other varieties of apples and apples produced by other companies should be considered safe and are not affected by the recall.

Consumers should also avoid eating commercially produced, pre-packaged caramel apples, including those with nuts, sprinkles, chocolate and other toppings. Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak was first reported in mid-October. However, commercially-produced varieties can have a shelf life of a month or more, and some may still be on store shelves.

Do I have a Caramel Apple Listeria Food Poisoning 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 food poisoning lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new listeria cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or someone you know was diagnosed with listeria food poisoning (listeriosis) after eating caramel apples, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a food poisoning suit and our lawyers can help.

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