Northstar Produce Inc. from St. Louis Park, MN has issued a voluntary recall involving 33 cases of Granny Smith size 175 ct. apples. This is because it’s possible that the said apples are contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, salmonella and Enterohemorrhagic E. coli. No illness resulting from the possibly contaminated apples have been reported to date.
The problem was discovered after a test performed on a sample had indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and / or Enterohemorrhagic E. coli. in the apples. The affected batch of apples were sold in tray backs between October 1 and October 19.
Salmonella is a dangerous organism that can cause serious health consequences among young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Similarly, a healthy individual infected with salmonella may experience fever, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea (with possible blood) and abdominal pain. In some cases, salmonella infection can also cause arterial infections, arthritis and endocarditis when the organism enters one’s bloodstream.
Similarly, listeria is another organism that can pose serious health risks to children, older people and those with weak immune system. Those suffering from listeria infection may experience nausea, headache, stiffness, abdominal pain, high fever and diarrhea. Moreover, listeria can also cause stillbirths and miscarriages among pregnant women.
Meanwhile, Enterohemorrhagic E. coli is a bacteria that can cause diarrhea, often with bloody stools. While most healthy adults can recover from an E. coli infection with a week, some may develop a form of kidney failure known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). This can lead to serious kidney damage and possibly, death.
According to Northstar, the affected Granny Smith apples were sold by Mike’s Discount Foods, 230 Osborn Ave., Fridley, MN and Mikes’s Discount Foods, 516 East River Road, Anoka, MN. Customers who have purchased the affected apples are asked to contact Mike Abernathy at 763-286-0110.