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Appeeling Fruit Inc. Recalls Apple Slices for Listeria Contamination

Olivia Finger1 year ago

Appeeling Fruit Inc. has elected to voluntarily recall packages of fresh apples due to Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious or fatal infections in those with weak immune systems.

The recall was announced after an environmental sample taken as part of a routine sampling program tested positive.

Appeeling Fruit Inc. Apple Slices Recall Information

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this recall involves apple slices with Best-if-Used-by dates of 09/14/15 and 09/21/15. None of the final products tested came out positive, and subsequent test results from the facility have also been negative.

So far, there have been no linked reports of illnesses to this recall.

Apple slices involved in the recall were shipped to retail distribution centers; wholesalers; and foodservice customers in Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. Recalled units were shipped between August 31 and September 2.

Customers should not consumer the product and should either dispose of it or return the apple slices to the place of purchase for a full refund. Customers who receive the fruit directly from the company have been notified.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration are assisting to make sure that all consumers are properly alerted.

Potentially affected Fruit can also be identified by the following:

Product Description and Consumer Packaging

  • 12oz package with fresh, green apple slices
    • Brand/Label: Appeeling Fruit
    • UPC: 58324 00950
    • Best-if-Used-by Date: 09/21/2015
  • 12oz package with fresh, red apple slices
    • Brand/Label: Appeeling Fruit
    • UPC: 58324 00900
    • Best-if-Used-by Date: 09/21/2015
  • Convenience pack of 8, 2oz. sized bags of fresh, red apple slices
    • Brand/Label: Appeeling Fruit
    • UPC: 58324 08400 (packs of eight) and 58324 00400 (individual bags)
    • Best-if-Used-by Date: 09/21/2015
  • 2oz. sized bags of fresh, red apple slices
    • Brand/Label: Burger King (BK) Crown
    • UPC: Not Applicable
    • Best-if-Used-by Date: 09/14/2015
  • 2oz. sized bags of fresh, red apple slices
    • Brand/Label: Snack Fresh
    • UPC: 74641 00982
    • Best-if-Used-by Date: 09/21/2015
About Listeria Monocytogenes

The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Listeria results in roughly 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths in the U.S. every year. Generally, those with weakened immune systems including young children, and the elderly are at the greatest risk of infection.
  • Listeria multiplies best at 86-98.6 degrees Fahrenheit; however, it has been proven to multiply better than all other bacteria at refrigerator temperatures.
  • Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms including high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
  • Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

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