Michigan company recalls popular apple varieties over listeria issues

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A Michigan company has recalled six popular apple varieties, fearing the fruit could be contaminated with listeria.

North Bay Produce, Inc., of Traverse City, is voluntarily recalling 2,297 cases and two bulk bins of fresh apples, specifically McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Fuji, Jonamac and Red Delicious varieties, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday. .

“The recall was initiated following a finished product test which indicated the presence of the organism,” officials said in a statement. Press release.

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The potentially affected apples were sold to wholesalers, retailers and brokers in eight states – Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin – and were shipped between October 16 and 21.

The apples were sold in plastic bags, white paper tote bags, clear plastic tote bags and individually, according to the FDA.

The apples have been sold in eight states, the FDA said.
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“Apples purchased at retail before October 16 are not affected by this recall, and no other North Bay Produce products are affected by this recall,” the statement said, in which officials added that it was not affected by this recall. there were no reported illnesses associated with the recalled apples to date. time.

Listeriosis is a serious infection typically caused by eating food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which causes approximately 1,600 illnesses each year in the United States. About 260 of these patients die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Listeriosis can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the person and the part of the body affected, according to the CDC. For pregnant women, symptoms of invasive listeria can present as fever or other flu-like symptoms, but it can also cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labor, or a potentially fatal infection of the newborn. -not. In non-pregnant patients, symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and seizures.

“Anyone who has the recalled product in their possession should not consume it,” the FDA warned, adding that the apples should be returned to the place of purchase or discarded.

For more information on the recall, Click here.

Alexandria Hein of Fox News contributed to this report.


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