An apple processing plant in California, Bidart Bros., has issued a recall of all of its Granny Smith and Gala apples. The recall was issued after the Food and Drug Administration found two strains of Listeria monocytogenes, which is bacteria that cause listeriosis, at the company's processing plant in Bakersfield. Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms, and even death.
This contamination is believed to be the cause of the recent listeria outbreak, which was linked to packaged caramel apples. That outbreak caused the death of three people. After that outbreak, the FDA and the California Department of Health looked at several apple samples from the processor, and determined that it was a supplier of the contaminated apples. Unfortunately, the infection caused three deaths and 32 illnesses in 11 states, including Texas.
The apples were sold under the brand names "Big Big" and "Granny's Best", but they could be sold under other names as well. Consumers are urged to ask stores if their apples came from Bidart Bros. Fortunately, the last shipment for the contaminated apples was December 2, so most of the infected apples should have been sold or thrown out by now.
The company says that in its last audit in September, the USDA certified that it had good agricultural practices as well as good handling procedures in place. However, despite those practices, the company still managed to sicken 32 people and kill three because of deadly bacteria. Companies who manufacture or process food for consumption by the general public must take proper steps to ensure that the food is safe to eat. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for damages, including medical expenses, wrongful death, pain and suffering, and more.
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