CDPH: ‘Happy Apple Brand Caramel Apples Were Possibly Contaminated With Listeria’

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Health officials warned the public Thursday against eating different varieties of manufactured caramel apple products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) officials explained they are currently working alongside the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other state and local agencies to investigate 29 cases of Listeriosis, which have been reported across 10 states, and appear to be linked to the consumption of multiple brands of caramel apples.

However, whole and in-tact apples, apple-based beverages and apple sauce products do not appear to be associated with the outbreak.

Authorities explained all of the cases have been hospitalized, and five deaths have been reported as a result. At this time, a single case patient in California has reportedly died.

According to the CDPH, the Happy Apple Company — which has manufacturing facilities…

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