December 21, 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...]

Chicken Recalled for Salmonella in Canada


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and 9013-2382 Quebec Inc. are recalling Distribution SI brand chicken products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The products are distributed to hotels, restaurants, and institutions. The recalled products are all Distribution SL brand name. The code on all of the products is 08 DEC 2014. There is no UPC number. The recalled products are BBQ Chicken Breasts Cooked (Vacuum) in 24 x 250 gram sizes; BBQ Chicken Legs Cooked in 30 count size; BBQ Chicken Breasts Cooked in 24 count size; BBQ Chicken Cooked in 6 count size; and 6 BBQ Chickens Cooked in Quarters in 6 count size. Also recalled are BBQ Chicken Legs Cooked in 30 count size; Whole BBQ Chicken Cooked in 12 count size; BBQ Chicken Legs Cooked in 30 count size, sand 12 … [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...]

Attorney Investigating Listeria Outbreak Linked to Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples Listeria Outbreak

Attorney Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team® are investigating the Listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples that has so far has sickened 28 people in 10 states: Arizona (4), California (1), Minnesota (4), Missouri (5), New Mexico (5), North Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (2).   "At this stage of the investigation, it is absolutely essential to know the chain of distribution for this product," said attorney Pritzker. "We need to find out where these products were processed and sold and the point along the chain of distribution where the contamination occurred. Without this information, it will be impossible to trace back all of the case patients to the source of the Listeria.” It is for this reason that Pritzker is calling on the … [Read more...]

Market Pantry Chocolate Almonds Recalled for Undeclared Peanut

Market Pantry Chocolate Almonds Recall

Zachary Confections of Indiana is voluntarily recalling one lot of Market Pantry Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds sold exclusively at Target because they may contain peanuts, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone with an allergy to peanuts could have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. No reactions have been reported to date. The recalled product is Market Pantry Brand Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds in 9 ounce packages. The UPC number is 085239555644, the lot code is R4112D and the best before date is 7/4/2015. No other Market Pantry candy items are recalled. If you purchased this product and are allergic to peanuts, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

How Does Listeria Get on Apples?

Caramel Apple Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak

The current Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to commercially prepared, prepackaged caramel apples is worrying. Twenty-eight people have been sickened and five have died so far in this multi-state outbreak. Caramel apples are not a food one usually associates with foodborne illness. But all raw produce can be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria. Almost all farm fields are irrigated with water, especially during droughts. That water can be contaminated with any kind of bacteria. And fertilizers made from manure can contain bacteria. When that bacteria gets onto fruits or vegetables it attaches to the produce and produces a biofilm that protects the bacteria and helps it grow. Produce can be contaminated with bacteria at any time along the supply chain, from the fields to the … [Read more...]

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