Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. has announced a voluntary recall for a batch for bagged Granny Smith green apples as they may be potentially contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The company says that as much 695 boxes and 67 clear plastic bags of the affected apples are part of the this recent recall.
The affected apples are labeled “Granny Smith.” Moreover, each of the boxes for recall contain 8 of these green apples. The issue discovered when a customer performed microbial testing on the product and found listeria. No illness resulted from the recalled apples have been reported to date.
Listeria monoctyogenes is a dangerous organism that can pose a serious health risk, especially among children, the elderly and those with weakened immune system. In some instances, listeria can also be fatal. Moreover, healthy individuals who suffer from listeria infection may experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stuffiness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Meanwhile, the said organism can also cause stillbirths and miscarriages among pregnant women.
The Granny Smith green apples for recall were distributed for sale in various Coremark and 7-Eleven convenience stores in the Mountain States from October 1 to 12. Hence, the states that may be affected include Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
The company says that customers who have already purchased the affected apples should dispose of them immediately and contact Del Monte Fresh Produce for a refund via the consumer hotline at 1-800-659-6500. This hotline can receive calls 24/7. Meanwhile, affected retailers have already been asked to get the recalled apples off their product shelves.