CDC Warns Do Not Eat Caramel Apples

Posted on December 23, 2014 by

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Update: 12/22/2014

Caramel Apples

A total of 29 people infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from 10 states: Arizona (4), California (1), Minnesota (4), Missouri (5), New Mexico (5), North Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (3). Illness onset dates range from October 17, 2014, to November 27, 2014. Nine illnesses have been associated with a pregnancy (occurred in a pregnant woman or her newborn infant).

 

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis) linked to commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples.

As of December 18, 2014, a total of 28 people infected with Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from 10 states. 26 ill people have been hospitalized and among them, five deaths reported. Listeriosis contributed to at least four of these deaths.

Case count mapThe 28 ill people have been reported from: Arizona (4), California (1), Minnesota (4), Missouri (5), New Mexico (5), North Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (2). Illness onset dates range from October 17, 2014, to November 27, 2014.

The information CDC has at this time indicates that commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples may be contaminated with Listeria and causing this outbreak.

CDC recommends that U.S. consumers do not eat commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples, including plain caramel apples as well as those containing nuts, sprinkles, chocolate or other toppings, until more specific guidance can be provided.

Although caramel apples are often a fall seasonal product, contaminated commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples may still be for sale at grocery stores and other retailers nationwide or may be in consumers’ homes.

At this time, no illnesses related to this outbreak have been linked to apples that are not caramel-coated and not prepackaged or to caramel candy.

Investigators are working quickly to determine specific brands or types of commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples that may be linked to illnesses and to identify the source of contamination.
This investigation is rapidly evolving, and new information will be provided as it becomes available.


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