Apple Recalls

Gala and Granny Smith apples are the subject of the last food recall, as the source of the latest Listeria outbreak. According to NBC out of Dallas, the Californian apples are the cause of a Listeria outbreak in eleven states, where thirty-two people have become sick and seven people have died.

Officials are asking us to throw away apples of unknown origins or apples, as well as certain brands of apples.

 

The CDC lists the brands of apples that should be thrown away:

 

  • Consumers should not eat any recalled commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples:
    • Happy Apples brand caramel apples with a best use by date between August 25 and November 23, 2014.
    • Kroger Brand caramel apples produced by Happy Apple Company with a best use by date between September 15 and November 18, 2014. Some caramel apples sold under the Kroger brand are labeled as candy apples, and some are labeled as caramel apples.
    • Karm’l Dapples brand caramel apples with a best use by date between August 15 and November 28, 2014.
    • Merb’s Candies brand Bionic Apples and Double Dipped Apples that would have been available from September 8 through November 25, 2014.
  • Consumers should check their home for these products and throw them away immediately. Place them in a closed plastic bag in a sealed trash can to prevent other people or animals from eating them.
  • Consumers should not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples that were made with Bidart Bros. apples.
  • Consumers who are buying or have recently bought commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples can ask their retailers if the apples came from Bidart Bros.
  • Consumers should check their home for commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples that were made from Bidart Bros. apples and throw them away immediately. Place them in a closed plastic bag in a sealed trash can to prevent other people or animals from eating them.
  • Consumers who are unable to determine whether their commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples were made with Bidart Bros. apples should throw them away. Place them in a closed plastic bag in a sealed trash can to prevent other people or animals from eating them.
  • Consumers should not eat any of the recalled Granny Smith and Gala apples produced by Bidart Bros.
  • Consumers who are buying or have recently bought Granny Smith or Gala apples can ask their retailers if the apples came from Bidart Bros.
  • Retailers should check their establishments for these products and throw them away immediately. Place them in a closed plastic bag in a sealed trash can to prevent other people or animals from eating them.

You may be wondering what Listeria is. I had never heard of Listeria before I became pregnant (or I never paid attention to people talking about it). The government’s food safety website tells us that Listeria is a bacteria found in soil, water and some animals. It can be found in food processing plants and be transferred to a wide spectrum of prepared meat such as lunch meat.

Pregnant women, infants, and people with weakened immune symptoms are at risk of contracting Listeria. Mild flu-like symptoms can show up after an incubation period of three to seventy days; and can last anywhere from days to weeks. If you experience fever, stiff neck, confusion, weakness, vomiting, sometimes preceded by diarrhea; you should see your doctor. Antibiotics swiftly prescribed can help reduce the length of the illness; if you are pregnant medicine can keep your baby from becoming ill also. You can visit the food safety website for more information.

It should also be noted that the affected apples could be sold unbranded very easily. If the store cannot tell you with out a doubt where their apples originate, do not buy them. I don’t think it’s worth getting sick over. Literally, getting sick.

 

 

 

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