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California apple plant linked to deadly listeria outbreak: FDA

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Strains of listeria bacteria found inside a California apple processing plant are believed to be the same ones associated with an outbreak that killed seven people and sickened dozens of others last year, federal officials said. Two strains of Listeria monocytogenes were confirmed in the Bidart Bros. apple processing plant near Bakersfield, California, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said. “Those same strains were also found in Bidart Bros. apples collected from a retailer,” the FDA said in a statement on Friday. …