Calif. plant issues massive apple recall due to listeria

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WORCESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Apple pickers gather Gala apples in an orchard at Stocks Farm in Suckley, near Worcester, on October 8, 2013 in Worcestershire, England. According to English Apples and Pears, the fruit growers' trade association, the unusual combination of a late spring and hot summer has made this year's English crop the latest for a generation. However, a delay of more than three weeks and high summer day temperatures has enabled the fruit to mature well, which promises great textures and taste. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO – Bidart Bros. has issued a recall of all of its Granny Smith and Gala apples after the Food and Drug Administration found two strains of Listeria monocytogenes at the company’s processing plant in Bakersfield.

The bacteria causes listeriosis, and the FDA said the contamination is believed to be the cause of the  recent listeria outbreak linked to packaged caramel apples that resulted in three deaths, Los Angeles Times reported.

The FDA and California Department of Public Health found several samples containing the bacteria after swabbing surfaces at the plant. They determined the plant was a supplier of the contaminated apples used to make the affected caramel apples.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the infection contributed to three deaths and 32 illnesses in 11 states.

Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. It can cause fever and muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms and in serious cases, death.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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