Following the publication of a study about the risk of listeria in connection with caramel apples — the juice from which was found to provide a growth environment for the foodborne bacteria — Kroger has announced the decision to recall its unrefrigerated caramel apples from store shelves.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with the apples, but a recent study published by the American Society of Microbiology found that when punctured by a stick, unrefrigerated caramel apples posed a particular listeria risk. The product has been pulled from store shelves effective immediately.
“After reviewing the study, we have decided to voluntarily withdraw unrefrigerated caramel apples from our stores,” said Dr. Payton Pruett, Kroger’s vice president of food safety. “While we believe the potential health risk is minimal, we are acting out of an abundance of caution on behalf of our customers.”
Last December, a multistate listeria outbreak killed five people and sickened at least 28 others.