North Bay Produce, a company based out of Traverse, Michigan, has issued a recall for some of their varieties of fresh apples. The recall is voluntary and comes after the company performed a random product test that showed the possibility of listeria contamination.
What Has Been Recalled?
More than 2,000 cases of fresh apples have been recalled, as well as two bulk bins of fresh apples. The recall includes McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Fuji, Jonamac and Red Delicious apples produced by the Michigan-based company.
The recalled produce was shipped out between October 16 and October 21. Affected cases of apples were sent to retailers, while bulk bins were sold to wholesalers. In total, the apples were shipped to eight different states.
Recalled products were sold under the Great Lakes label, as well as in bags labeled North Bay Produce Pure Michigan. Unfortunately, unbranded clear bags of apples, as well as clear plastic and white paper tote bags with no branding, also contained the potentially tainted apples. Some were even sold individually on retailer displays in produce sections of stores.
What You Should Do
If you’ve purchased apples affected by the recall, do not eat them. Throw them out, or bring them back to the store you purchased them from. Listeria infections could be serious, and even deadly in some people.
While otherwise healthy people might feel a bit unwell from a listeria infection, it likely wouldn’t pose a serious threat to their health. However, young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with comprised immune systems could be in serious danger from a listeria infection.
Symptoms of listeria infection include severe headache, high fever, muscle stiffness, extreme gastrointestinal distress, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. If left untreated, listeria infections can be fatal in people with compromised immune systems.
Stores have been instructed to pull the affected apples from store shelves. In the meantime, make sure to check any of your recently purchased apples to ensure they weren’t covered by the recall.