This archive of previously issued food recalls and allergy alerts is provided for reference and research purposes.

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Food Recall Warning - Happy Apples brand Caramel Apples recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Recall date:
December 24, 2014
Reason for recall:
Microbiological - Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Buy Low Foods Ltd., Overwaitea Food Group, Star Produce Ltd., The Lid Company
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:
9563, 9564, 9565, 9566

Recall details

Ottawa, December 24, 2014 - Industry is recalling Happy Apples brand Caramel Apples from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The following products, made in the United States (US), are known to have been sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan and may have also been distributed in other provinces and territories. These products may also have been purchased in the US.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size UPC Code(s) on Product
Happy Apples Caramel Apples – all varieties All All All best use by dates between August 25 and November 23, 2014*
*Based on the "best use by date", it is more likely that these products would be found in consumers' homes rather than at retail.

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. If found, secure the caramel apple in a plastic bag and throw it out. Do not consume.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.


This recall was triggered by a recall initiated by the US manufacturer which may be related to a foodborne illness outbreak. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is working with its federal partners, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Health Canada, and the United States Food and Drug Administration, and is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry has removed recalled product from the marketplace.


PHAC is monitoring the US outbreak investigation. For more information see the Public Health Notice issued by PHAC on December 28, 2014.

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