December 30, 2014

Merb's Candies Recalls Caramel Apples Due to Listeria Monocytogenes

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of  the Merb's Candies brand Bionic Apples and Double Dipped Apples because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Bionic Apples and Double Dipped Apples were available for retail sales at St. Louis area locations, through local supermarkets (located in the produce section) and through mail orders nationwide. The product is individually packaged in a clear, burgundy and gold cellophane bag and would have been available from September 8th through November 25th 2014 - no identifying lot codes were used.

Bidart Brothers, who is one of Merb's Candies apple suppliers, has initiated a recall as there may be a connection between this outbreak of Listeria Monocytogenes and apples they supplied Merb's Candies.

The full recall can be found at:  www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm428310.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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