A Central California packing plant has issued a nationwide recall for all of its Granny Smith and Gala apples shipped in 2014 after they were linked to an outbreak of listeria monocytogenes in caramel apples that may have caused up to 32 illnesses and 5 deaths. On Dec. 19, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to avoid eating pre-packaged caramel apples after they were linked to the listeria outbreak.
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What’s the Problem?
Jan. 9, 2014 – The FDA announced Thursday that Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield, CA is recalling apples shipped from its Shafter plant last year, after the agency launched an investigation into an 11-state listeria outbreak.
On Dec. 22, Bidart Bros. issued a recall to customers that produce caramel apples after it was determined that the company supplied 2 commercial brands linked to the illnesses. The next day, health officials from the FDA and California Department of Public health inspected the Shafter facility, finding listeria on surfaces likely to come into contact with apples. While the agencies are still looking at the samples to ensure a conclusive link to the strains of listeria associated with the outbreak, Bidart recalled all apples shipped from the plant on Jan. 6.
Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak was first reported just before then. However, the commercially produced variety can have a shelf life of a month or more, and some may still be on store shelves.
According to the FDA, some of the apples being recalled may be sold under the brand names “Big B” or “Granny’s Best,” though they may also be sold under other brand names or with no name at all. Consumers who have recently purchased Granny Smith or Gala apples should ask retailers if they were supplied by Bidart Bros.
In addition to the recall for Bidart Bros.’ Granny Smith and Gala apples, the following caramel apple brands have also been recalled:
- Happy Apple
- California Snack Foods
- Merb’s Candies
The investigation into the outbreak is ongoing, and the FDA is trying to determine whether any other common sources of caramel, caramel ingredients, sticks or packaging may have been contaminated.
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