Bacteria-Germs-CellsA nationwide outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes has been traced back to at least three brands of caramel apples sold throughout the U.S. According to reports, five people have died and at least 30 others from 10 states made ill after consuming the tainted apples, which appear to have come from a California-based supplier. An announcement by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that illness reports began coming in on October 17, and a subsequent investigation suggested caramel apples may be the culprit. After further review, this was confirmed to be the case, and several manufacturers of caramel apples decided to issue recalls. Though listeria is said to be potentially fatal, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a mandatory recall hasn’t been issued. Several manufacturers have issued voluntary recalls, including the Missouri-based Happy Apple Company and California Snack Foods, but no further action has been taken. More