Appeeling Fruit Inc. from Dauberville, Pennsylvania has just announced a voluntary recall for a number of its sliced apple products possibly contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The company stresses that only a “limited number of consumer packages” of the said products are affected by the recent recall. Moreover, there have been no reports of any illness associated with possible listeria contamination from Appeeling’s sliced apple products so far.
The products for recall include fresh, green apple slices and red apple slices. The affected products are those in 12 oz. and 2 oz. bags found in a convenience pack of 8 that have a “Best if Used By” date of 9/21/2015. Meanwhile, also included in the recall are two differently branded 2 oz. bags of fresh red apple slices. One labeled “Burger King (BK) Crown” carries a “Best if Used By” date of 9/14/2015 while other one is labeled “Snack Fresh” and has a “Best if Used By” date of 9/21/2015. Moreover, the affected products have any of the following UPC codes: 58324 00950, 58324 00900, 58324 08400, 58324 00400 and 74641 00982.
The listeria contamination was actually not found in the final product itself, the company explained. Rather, a routine sampling program done in Appeeling Fruit’s production facility revealed the presence of bacteria in an environmental sample. Subsequent tests were conducted afterwards and the production facility has since, tested negatively for bacteria. Nonetheless, the company has decided to issue a recall and is now working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in facilitating it.
The affected products were shipped to various retail distribution centers, foodservice customers and wholesalers throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Florida. Customers are asked to dispose the affected apple slices or return them to the place where it was purchased for a refund.
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Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can lead to fatal infections, especially among children, the elderly and anyone with weakened immune system. Symptoms to watch out for include stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, high fever and severe headache. Moreover, listeria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.