Caramel apples linked to listeria outbreak, one death in Texas

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The Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services have released information today about  a listeria outbreak linked to commercially produced and packaged caramel apples that have caused more than two dozen people to get sick and four deaths, including one in Texas.

There were four cases in Texas between Oct. 17 and Nov. 7, a spokeswoman for the state health services department said on Friday, and they all involved adults with pre-existing medical conditions.

At this time, no illnesses related to this outbreak have been linked to apples that are not caramel-coated and not prepackaged or to caramel candy, the CDC said.

“Out of an abundance of caution, CDC recommends that U.S. consumers do not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples, including plain caramel apples as well as those containing nuts, sprinkles, chocolate, or other toppings, until more specific guidance can be provided”

You can find out more about the outbreak on the CDC website.


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