January 14, 2015

Bidart Bros. Works with Federal and State Officials to Determine Source of Listeriosis-Associated Outbreak

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of Bidart Bros. Granny Smith and Gala apples. Test results from the FDA confirm two strains of Listeria monocytogenes were found at the apple processing facility and are believed to be the same strains associated with a recent outbreak. The CDC confirmed that the majority of the persons made ill reported consuming caramel-coated apples.

Bidart Bros. last shipped Granny Smith apples to customers on December 2, 2014. Consumers should not eat the Granny Smith and Gala apples being recalled by Bidart Bros. These apples can be sold under the brand names "Big B" and "Granny's Best," though, they could also be sold under other brand names or with no brand at all. Consumers who are buying or have recently bought Granny Smith or Gala apples should ask their retailers if the apples were supplied by Bidart Bros.

Consumers should avoid eating commercially produced, prepackaged whole caramel apples including those various brands and types containing nuts, sprinkles, chocolate & other toppings that were manufactured using Bidart Bros. apples. Consumers who are buying or have recently bought caramel apples should ask their retailer if the caramel apples were manufactured using recalled apples.

The full recall can be found at:  www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm429689.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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