August 13, 2012 — Pre-packaged apple slices sold at McDonald’s, Burger King, and retailers in 36 states are being recalled due to potential Listeria bacterial contamination. No illnesses have been linked to the outbreak. Listeria can grow on foods inside the refrigerator, and people who ingest the bacteria can become severely ill.
Missa Bay, LLC has issued the recall. The company is owned by Ready Pac Foods, Inc., located in Swedesboro, New Jersey. Inspections found the listeria bacteria on equipment that was used to process apples in the facility.
The apples slices were sold in individual packages to restaurants such as McDonald’s and Burger King. The products were also distributed to grocery stores, including Wegman’s and Wawa convenience stores. “Ready Pac” apple and fruit snacks, “Safeway Farms” apple salad kits, and other packaged fruit, vegetables, and salads are involved in the recall.
At McDonald’s, apple slices are known as “Apple Dippers.” The company stated that they have removed apple products from restaurants and distributors as a precautionary measure.
The packages included in the recall have a use-by date between July 8 and August 20, 2012. The recall affects nearly 300,000 individual products. Customers are advised to check their refrigerators for pre-packaged apple slices or salad kits containing the products, and check to see if they are part of the recall. Retailers are also recommended to remove contaminated products from store shelves.
The apple slices were distributed to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Listeriosis is a gastrointestinal illness caused by the listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Infection with the bacteria can be life-threatening, especially for children, the elderly, the fetuses of pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems. Pregnant women who get listeriosis can have miscarriage, premature delivery, or stillbirth. A 2011 listeria outbreak in cantaloupe was tied to 30 deaths and one miscarriage.
Symptoms of listeria food poisoning include:
- Diarrhea, which may be watery or bloody
- Muscle aches or stiffness
- And more
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