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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Deaths, illness linked to listeria from Bakersfield apple supplier

A recent outbreak of listeria related illnesses has been traced to a Bakersfield apple supplier, according to an announcement on Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Following additional laboratory tests, FDA officials said that two strains of Listeria monocytogenes were found at the Bidart Bros. apple packing facility in Bakersfield, CA. The same strains of listeria were also found in apples collected at a retail store whose apples were supplied by Bidart The apples involved were of the Granny Smith and Gala varieties, and most of the illnesses appeared to be related to pre-packaged caramel apples.

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