December 22, 2014

Half of Those Sickened in Caramel Apple Listeria Outbreak are Over 64


Half of those sickened in the 10-state Listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples are over the age of 64. People in this age group are among those at highest risk for Listeria infections. Others in this high-risk group include pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems. Of the 28 people sickened in this outbreak, nine cases were related to pregnancies including illness in babies who were born prematurely because their mothers ate the contaminated apples while pregnant. Of the cases not related to pregnancy, those sickened ranged in age from 7 to 92. Two thirds of them were male. The ages of case patients by state has not been releases, except for Minnesota, which was first to announce the outbreak. In Minnesota, where all four case patients were between the ages of … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Listeria Outbreak Hits Minnesota Hard

Nutty Caramel Apples

The caramel apple Listeria outbreak has hit Minnesota hard. Four people, all adults ages 59-90, were sickened and two of them died. This outbreak is the largest Listeria outbreak since the cantaloupe Listeria outbreak of 2011, one of the largest food poisoning outbreaks of any kind in U.S. history. That 28-state outbreak sickened 147 people and killed 33. Minnesota was not among the states included in that outbreak. Of the five multi-state Listeria outbreaks that occurred between cantaloupe and caramel apples, Minnesota reported cases in just one, the Crave Brothers cheese outbreak of 2013. That outbreak sickened six people in five states and one person died.  Minnesota reported two of the cases, including the fatality, in that outbreak. In this outbreak, three of the Minnesotans … [Read more...]

Perfect Bar Recalls Peanut Butter, Cranberry Crunch for Salmonella


Perfect Bar is recalling specific lot numbers of its Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch flavors due to potential contamination of Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported, but consumers who have purchases these bars should not eat them. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of an infection include: fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Consumers who have eaten the recalled products and are experiencing theses symptoms should see a doctor. To see the lot codes and expiration dates of Perfect Bar’s recalled Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch bars, click the link above.   … [Read more...]

Kkot Saem Bean Sprouts Recalled for Listeria


Kkot Saem Sprouts Inc. of Spanaway, Washington is recalling soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts for Listeria.No illnesses have been reported, but consumers who have purchased these sprouts should not eat them as they risk serious illness if they do. The recalled sprouts were sold under brand names Kkot Saem, Winter Blossom Bean Sprouts, and Winter Blossom and distributed at H-Mart in Washington and Oregon, and G-Mart in Oregon. The last date of distribution was December 16, 2014. The mung bean sprouts have a five-day shelf life from the packing date and soybean sprouts product has a two-week shelf life from the packing date. The recall was initiated after a sample collected and analyzed by the Food and Drug Administration was positive for Listeria. To see a complete list of the … [Read more...]

Listeria in Caramel Apples Targets Pregnant Women


The caramel apple Listeria outbreak has targeted pregnant women and their newborn babies who account for almost one third of the cases reported so far. Nine of 28 cases currently reported are related to pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Three of New Mexico's five cases are newborn boys who developed infections in the womb after their mothers ate contaminated caramel apples. Along with older people and those with compromised immune systems, pregnant women are at high risk for Listeria infection. In fact, a pregnant women is ten times more likely than the general population to contract a Listeria infection. If she does, the infection can pass to her fetus causing miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, listeriosis or Listeria meningitis in … [Read more...]

Listeria in Caramel Apples Leaves 3 Children with Meningitis

Caramel Apple Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak

Listeria in caramel apples has left three children between the ages of 5 and 15 with Listeria meningitis. This, often fatal, form of meningitis normally develops in infants. At least 28 people in 10 states have been sickened by caramel apples contaminated with Listeria. Twenty six people have been hospitalized, five people have died. Those most at risk for Listeria infection include children, pregnant women, older adults and those with compromised immune systems. This outbreak includes all of those groups. Nine of the illnesses were related to pregnancy, the median age of those sickened was 64 and three children developed Listeria meningitis. Symptoms of Listeria meningitis, which develop between three and 70 days of ingesting contaminated food,  include high fever, headache, and … [Read more...]

Listeria in Caramel Apples Kills 5, Sickens Dozens in 10-State Outbreak

Listeria caramel apples kill 5 sicken dozens

Five people are dead and dozens more sick in a 10-state Listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. Consumers should not eat commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples, including those covered with nuts, sprinkles, chocolate, or other toppings, until more information is available. So far, 28 people have been sickened, 26 were hospitalized and five people have died. Pregnant women are at special risk for Listeria infections which can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and infection in the newborn baby. Nine of the illnesses in this outbreak affected pregnant woman and newborn babies. Three cases of Listeria meningitis were among otherwise healthy children ages 5 to 15. Case counts by state are as … [Read more...]

Don’t Eat Prepackaged Caramel Apples, Health Officials Warn, After Listeria Kills 5


A deadly Listeria outbreak has prompted federal and state health officials to warn consumers not to eat any prepackaged, commercially produced caramel apples, until more information becomes available. Twenty eight people in 10 states have been sickened by the contaminated apples. Five people have died. In Minnesota, two people died and two others were hospitalized after eating caramel apples purchased from local grocery stores. The nine other states reporting illnesses include: Arizona (4), California (1), Missouri (5), New Mexico (5), North Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (2). Sold under the brand names Carnival and Kitchen Cravings, the contaminated apples were sold in Minnesota at Cub Foods, Kwik Trip, and Mike's Discount Foods. A store list for other … [Read more...]

Listeria in Caramel Apples Kills 2, Sickens 2 Others in Minnesota


Listeria in caramel apples has killed two people in Minnesota and sickened two others, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The illnesses are part of a multi-state outbreak, the agency said. MDH is working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture,  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on an investigation into the outbreak. The four people in Minnesota, all adults ages 59 to 90 years,  became ill in late October and November. All of then were hospitalized. Two of them died. MDH is warning consumers not to eat any pre-packaged, commercially-produced caramel apples, including those with toppings such as nuts, chocolate, and sprinkles until more information becomes available. The case patients in … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Issues Final Report on Durand Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak

E.coli in raw milk sickened 12

A final report about the raw milk Campylobacter outbreak in Durand, Wisc. has been issued by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). The 25-page report confirms that the September outbreak, which sickened 38 people and hospitalized 10 who attended a football team potluck dinner, was caused by contaminated raw milk. The report does not name the farm that provided the milk, referring to it throughout as Farm A, but the name of the farm was released by the state agriculture department in response to an open records request by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The owners of  the Arkansaw, Wisc. farm, Roland and Diana Reed, did not tell attendees at the football potluck that the milk they contributed was unpasteurized.  The Reeds sell their milk to a local cheese maker and are … [Read more...]

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