ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked the recent listeria outbreak occurring across the country to pre-packaged caramel apples, Live Science reports.

The outbreak has infected 28 people and is also responsible for hospitalizing 26 of those people and contributing to the deaths of five.

The CDC traced a majority of the listeria infections to commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples after interviews with patients concluded that many of them became ill after consuming the treat.

Because of this, the CDC recommends that people do not eat any caramel apple products as contaminated products may still be on sale at stores or in the homes of consumers.

No recall has been made yet.

The listeria outbreak has swept 10 states including Arizona, California, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.


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