Unrefrigerated caramel apples may be source of listeria.
The Washington Post reports that a study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Food Research Institute has concluded that a 2014 Listeria outbreak was most likely due to “the sticks used to dip caramel apples…and that apples stored at room temperature pose the highest risk.”
NBC News reports that “the researchers said one obvious solution would be to leave the stick out of caramel apples, but noted that would make it almost impossible to eat them.”
Dole recalling some bagged spinach due to possible salmonella contamination.
The Food Safety News reports “Dole Fresh Vegetables of Monterey, CA, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of bagged spinach due to a possible health risk from Salmonella contamination.” The recall “is being issued due to an isolated instance in which a sample of Dole Spinach salad yielded a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development’s Laboratory Division.”