As the Listeria outbreak continues to send more and more Americans to the hospitals, a Missouri company has announced recall of its Happy Apple brand caramel apples in an attempt to avert the possible health risk from the contamination.
The recall comes in response to three reported deaths and cases of at least 29 illnesses across ten states, including Wisconsin, due to an outbreak of the deadly bacteria linked with the contaminated caramel apples.
Missouri-based Delighted Apple Co. of Washington on Wednesday released a statement saying an apple supplier to its California-based facility suspected that the contaminated caramel apples linked with listeria have been supplied. The company has recalled caramel apples from 31 states.
According to the company, it has recalled Content Apple caramel apples that were sold in single pack, three packs, four packs and eight packs having use by date in between August 25 and November 23. They were available for retail sale through club stores, discount and grocery in Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama, Colorado, California, Georgia, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Mississippi, Nevada, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin and Washington.
Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended the buyers to strictly not consume commercially developed pre-packed whole caramel apples. The federal health body said that five deaths have been reported so far, with listeriosis leading to three of the total five deaths. The FDA is investigating the role of contaminated caramel apples in the remaining two deaths.