Apples Shipped to Illinois Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

Honeycrisp apples are among the six varieties of apples being recalled due to possible listeria contamination. (Keagiles via Wikimedia Commons)Honeycrisp apples are among the six varieties of apples being recalled due to possible listeria contamination. (Keagiles via Wikimedia Commons)

If you recently purchased apples at the store, check their label before taking a bite. More than 2,000 cases of apples have been recalled because of possible listeria contamination.

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The Food and Drug Administration and a Michigan-based produce company announced the recall of 2,297 cases and two bulk bins of fresh apples earlier this week.

Recalled varieties include McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Fuji, Jonamac and Red Delicious apples shipped between Oct. 16 and Oct. 24 to wholesalers, retailers and brokers in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin from North Bay Produce, Inc., which is based in Traverse City, Michigan.

The recalled apples were sold in plastic bags under the brands Great Lakes and North Bay Produce Pure Michigan, as well as in clear plastic tote bags, white paper tote bags and individually from retailer’s display trays, according to the FDA. (See photos of the recalled apples.)

Apples bought prior to Oct. 16 aren’t affected by this recall, which does not affect any other North Bay Produce products, according to the FDA.

Officials haven’t received any reports of illness associated with the possible listeria monocytogenes contamination, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and frail or elderly people. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirth among pregnant women. Healthy individuals who become infected may suffer short-term symptoms, such as fever, nausea, headache, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Contact Kristen Thometz: @kristenthometz (773) 509-5452  kthometz@wttw.com


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