California Snack Foods issued a recall of some Karm’l Dapple brand caramel apples after one of its apple suppliers, Bidart Brothers, informed the company that there may be a connection between apples Bidart supplied to the company’s facility and an outbreak of listeriosis, an illness caused by Listeria monocytogenes.

Bidart Brothers also supplied apples to Happy Apple, another company that recalled packaged caramel apples. You can read about it here: “Happy Apple Caramel Apples Recall, Lawyers for Lawsuit.”

The recalled Karm’l Dapple caramel apples have a best-use-by date between August 15th and November 28th 2014. This can be found on the front of the label. These products may be contaminated with Listeria bacteria and should not be eaten.

Listeria bacteria can move from the intestines to the liver and then to the blood. When this happens the infection can spread to the brain, heart and other organs. Those most at risk are pregnant women, newborn babies, young children, the elderly and people of any age with compromised immune systems. Listeriosis is often fatal.

In the current outbreak linked to prepackaged caramel apples, 5 people have died and 24 others suffered serious illness, including Listeria meningitis. People in 10 states were sickened:

Arizona (4), California (1), Minnesota (4), Missouri (5), New Mexico (5), North Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (3).

California Snack Foods Karm’l Dapple caramel apples are sold in single packs and three packs. They were available for retail sale through grocery, discount and club stores, generally in the produce section and were distributed to retailers in the following states: Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Utah.

Our Listeria lawyers are available for a free consultation regarding a personal injury or wrongful death Listeria lawsuit against Bidart Brothers, California Snack Foods and others.