Five people have died from an outbreak of listeriosis. An initial investigation indicates that commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples are the likely source, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Twenty-eight people in 10 states have been reported as being infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes, according to the CDC. The agency reports that 26 ill people have been hospitalized.
Listeriosis contributed to at least four of the five deaths reported, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. Nine illnesses were pregnancy-related. Four illnesses were among otherwise healthy children ages 5 to 15 years.
The CDC reports that 15 of the 18 ill people interviewed reported eating commercially-produced, prepackaged caramel apples.
The Minnesota Department of Health has reported four illnesses. The individuals involved in the Minnesota cases purchased caramel apples from Cub Foods, Kwik Trip, and Mike’s Discount Foods, which carried Carnival brand and Kitchen Cravings brand caramel apples. These two brands are no longer available for purchase at retail locations, the FDA said.