apple-target-406SEATTLE — Sometimes when something that “just can’t happen” does happen, valuable lessons are learned. That was the case when some batches of commercially produced, packaged, whole caramel apples turned out to be the cause of a listeriosis outbreak in 2014-15 that infected 35 people from 12 states, putting 34 of them in the hospital. …

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is more than a well-known saying — it’s also what many people believe to be time-tested truth. And the tradition of giving an apple to a teacher on the first day of school also says something about the apple’s solid reputation for being healthy and tasty.

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Inspector observations from the investigation into the role of Bidart Bros. in last year’s 12-state outbreak of Listeriosis involving commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples found that the problem could well have originated in the California grower’s apple cooler and packing facility. The observations are found on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 483 forms completed…

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared that an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples is likely over. “This outbreak appears to be over,” CDC stated in the agency’s Feb. 12 final update on the outbreak. “However, recalled products may still be in people’s homes.…