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A winter treat, caramel apples, have been linked to multiple deaths

As winter is in full swing, caramel apples, a holiday favorite, have hospitalized 29 people and killed at least three in ten different states. A Missouri corporation has recalled it’s normal shipment of caramel apples, believing them to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. Happy Apples of Washington, Mo, has recalled it’s shipments with the best-use date between Aug. 35 and Nov. 23, which were sold at grocery stores such as Safeway, in packs of one, three, four and eight.

Happy Apples has said it was notified by its supplier, Bidart Brothers, of a connection between this outbreak and the apples they supplied to a Happy Apples facility in California. The center for Disease Control and Prevention has informed consumers to stop eating prepackaged caramel apples while they investigate the potential listeria outbreak. Listeria is a bacterium that may cause a fatal infection. It is especially dangerous to Older people, pregnant women and newborns, or people with generally weak immune systems. In 2011, there was an outbreak of cantaloupes contaminated with listeria, killing 33 people and causing 147 people to be sick.

Bill Marler, a Seattle food safety attorney, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Safeway grocery store. He filed on behalf of Shirlee Jean Frey, an 81-year old whose death was caused by Listeriosis, brought on by some caramel apples she had bought at the store shortly before Halloween, Frey died on December 2nd. Safeway has later pulled the caramel apples from its shelves.

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