Senator wants thorough Listeria investigation

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

- Last updated on GMT

Picture: FDA. Labels of some of the products recalled
Picture: FDA. Labels of some of the products recalled

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A US senator has sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to analyse and do a post-response analysis of an outbreak of Listeria from prepacked caramel apples which sickened 32 people.

Amy Klobuchar, senator for Minnesota, said no one who bites into a caramel apple should have to worry it could make them sick or take their life – but that’s exactly what happened to unsuspecting consumers.

“Now that the FDA and its partner agencies have pinpointed the source of this deadly outbreak, they need to conduct a thorough review of the response effort to ensure that future incidents are quickly contained or prevented entirely.”

CDC reported 31 ill people have been hospitalized, and seven deaths reported with listeriosis contributing to at least three of these​.

Bidart Bros. recalled the contaminated apples about three weeks after Minnesota had reported four illnesses. 

Klobuchar identified four areas in the letter to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg​.

“I urge FDA to expediently complete its post-response analysis, which should include all collaborating state and federal agencies, and provide feedback to agencies and lawmakers on how similar outbreaks may be prevented or controlled quickly in the future.”

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