| James Kon |
THE Agriculture and Agrifood Department under the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources is investigating reports of suspected listeriosis bacteria contamination of Gala and Granny Smith apples in the United States.
According to news reports yesterday, Malaysia had already barred the entry of the apples into the country.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States said it was collaborating with public health officials in several states and with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenesinfections (listeriosis) linked to commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples.
Listeria can cause serious, life-threatening illnesses. People at high risk for listeriosis include adults 65 years or older, those with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women.
On January 6, Bidart Bros of Bakersfield, California voluntarily recalled Granny Smith and Gala apples because environmental test results revealed contamination involving Listeria monocytogenes.