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Listeria outbreak prompts caramel apple recall

Two companies have announced recalls for their caramel apples as a result of the current outbreak of Listeriosis. Both companies — California Snack Foods and Happy Apples — cited Bidart Bros. as one of their apple suppliers.

The Center for Disease Control has noted 29 illnesses in 10 states linked to the outbreak, and it has advised consumers not to eat commercially produced, pre-packaged caramel apples until more is known.

“We recently received notice from Bidart Bros., one of our apple suppliers to our California facility, that there may be a connection between this outbreak and the apples that they supplied to that facility,” California Snack Foods said in a press release.

California Snack Foods’ voluntary recall is of “California Snack Foods” brand caramel apples with a best-use-by date between Aug. 15 and Nov. 28. The product was sold in single packs and three packs, and each package will have a best-use-by date on the front of the label. They were available for retail sale through grocery, discount and club stores, generally in the produce section and were distributed to retailers in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Utah.

The Happy Apples recall is for product with similar best-use-by dates: Aug. 25-Nov. 23. Happy Apple caramel apples are sold in single pack, three packs, four packs and eight packs, and each package will have a best use by date on the front of the label. They were available for retail sale through grocery, discount and club stores, generally in the produce section and were distributed to retailers in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

According to California Snack foods, the company used the last of the Bidart Bros. apples in the first week of November, and they should no longer be available in stores. Happy Apples ceased its operations at the end of October as part of the company’s normal, seasonal shut down, and the caramel apples produced are no longer available in stores.

“However, out of an abundance of caution and concern for consumer safety, we are recommending that consumers follow the advice of the CDC and remove any caramel apples you may have in storage and dispose of them in a secure container to avoid potential contamination in animals,” each company stated in a press release.