FDA Announces Voluntary Recall on Michigan Fresh Apples for Listeria Contamination
Voluntary Recall on North Bay Produce Inc. Fresh Apples for Possible Listeria concern.
On October 28, 2019 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a voluntary recall announcement by North Bay Produce, Inc. recalling a variety of Fresh apples distributed between October 16, 2019 and October 21, 2019 for possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. The apples were distributed from a North Bay Produce facility to various wholesalers, retailers, and markets in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.
The recall encompasses about 2,297 cases and two bulk bins of fresh apples. The apple varieties of concern include McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Fuji, Jonamac and Red Delicious apples. While some of the apples were sold under the brand names Great Lakes, North Bay Produce Pure Michigan, others were sold individually or in tote bags at wholesale markets.
The contamination was first discovered when a finished product test of North Bay apples revealed Listeria monocytogenes. There have been no reported cases of illness linked with this contamination yet. The FDA asks shoppers to please be mindful of the recall by checking the dates and labels of produce before consumption.
Listeria Monocytogenes are a pathogenic bacteria which causes an infection known as Listeriosis. While Listeriosis can be overcome relatively quickly in healthy individuals, it can be life-threatening to those with weakened immune systems. In fact, says National Listeria Lawyer Ron Simon, “I have seen cases where Listeria has caused death, the onset of dementia, and other serious bodily injury. The lawyers at our firm have witnessed firsthand the devastation caused by listeria, and encourage everyone with a compromised immune system, including the very young and elderly consumers, to avoid unpasteurized dairy products, to eat deli meats selectivley, and to heed recalls like the Voluntary Recall on North Bay Produce Inc. Fresh Apples for Possible Listeria.”
For more information on this recall such as identification labels and pictures of the recalled products, visit the FDA’s website.