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Kroger pulls caramel apples from shelves

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Kroger has pulled unrefrigerated caramel apples with pierced dipping sticks from store shelves amid concerns over listeria.

The decision comes after new scientific evidence showing that the product, if left unrefrigerated, may be at risk for contamination.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the products.

"While we believe the potential health risk is minimal, we are acting out of an abundance of caution on behalf of our customers," said Dr. Payton Pruett, Kroger's vice president of food safety.

The new evidence comes from a study published online by the American Society of Microbiology.

Dr. Pruett said that the company is open to carrying caramel apple products again in the future and will work with suppliers to reduce the risk of bacterial growth.

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