Officials warn against eating caramel apples

CDC recommends that U.S. consumers do not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples. (Photo credit : )

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid pre-packaged caramel apples. It’s because the apples have been linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in ten states.

Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then. But the commercially produced variety can have a shelf life of a month or more, and some may still be on store shelves.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with the same strains of the bacterial illness listeria, and at least 26 were hospitalized. Of those, five died.AppleMap

Listeriosis contributed to four of the deaths. A fifth person who died had a strain of listeria linked to the caramel apples, but health officials do not think listeriosis caused that person’s death.

A CDC official says the agency is still trying to determine which brands are involved and how the caramel apples may have become infected. The official says there’s no reason to stop eating plain apples or to avoid other caramel products.

Two of the deaths were in Minnesota. The others were in Texas and California. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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