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Consumer injury and death due to caramel apples spurs warning

A holiday tradition for many is to give festive foods to friends, colleagues and relatives. One of the last things people in Minnesota and across the country are thinking when they purchase food products is that there will be danger of the recipients getting sick due to the food being tainted in some way. When this does happen, it can result in serious injury and even death that turns an innocuous, innocent product into something that will be remembered as a tragedy.

A common food-related gift that people receive on the holidays is caramel apples. Recently, however, this product has been implicated in an outbreak of listeria in numerous states including Minnesota. So far, 28 people in ten states have been sickened by Listeriosis.

This can be a life-threatening problem. Five people have died and at least four of those deaths are connected to Listeriosis.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning that consumers should avoid all pre-prepared and packaged caramel apples for now. Symptoms of illness include gastrointestinal problems, muscle aches and fever.

The Minnesota Department of Health was the first to report this outbreak.

When a person becomes ill or injured as a result of a defective or dangerous item, it's something that didn't have to happen. There will be medical bills due to the treatment and a possible long hospital stay. The person who suffered consumer injury might miss a significant time at work or not be able to fulfill his or her normal duties to a family. In some cases, there is even death. The person who was harmed might not even realize that it was a food product that caused the issue or that they have the right to pursue compensation in a product liability litigation.

With the caramel apples causing so many to grow ill and some to die, those who believe they might have been made sick by this product need to understand their rights. If there is even the suspicion that serious injury has occurred as a result of these caramel apples, the individual and his or her family needs to discuss the matter with a legal professional experienced in product liability cases as soon as possible.

Source: ABC News, "Caramel Apples Linked to 4 Deaths In Multi-State Listeria Outbreak," Gillian Mohney, Dec. 19, 2014

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