Costs Of a Foodborne illness
Latest Facts: Listeria Caramel Apple OutbreakPOSTED BY BRUCE CLARK ON JANUARY 4, 2015The Bug: Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Approximately 2,500 cases of listeriosis are estimated to occur in the U.S. each year. About 200 in every 1,000 cases result in death.
The Recall: The FDA has traced the distribution of the caramel apples to Bidart Brothers from California. Although the Happy Apple Company and Merb’s Candies received apples from other growers, the FDA’s ongoing traceback investigation has confirmed that Bidart Brothers is the only apple grower that supplied apples to both companies. Bidart Brothers apples have been the common denominator as the source of apples used in the production of caramel apples implicated in the latest illnesses and deaths.