Major Retailers Announce Multiple Recalls of Fruit

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away… unless that apple is tainted with a food-borne illness.

In today’s recall news, multiple retailers are pulling fresh fruit and other fruit products from the shelves. Here’s what you need to know.

Apple Chips Could Make You Sick

Seneca announced a recall this week of apple chips due to a potential salmonella issue. In this case, it’s not the apples themselves but the cinnamon. The company buys the spice in bulk from a third-party supplier, who informed Seneca that the cinnamon might be contaminated.

Seneca makes apple chips under its own name, but the company also produces the “Clancy’s” brand for ALDI. Although the recalled products were shipped nationwide, thankfully no one has gotten sick from eating these apple chips.

Only the following lots are impacted by this recall:

Seneca Cinnamon Apple Chips 0.7 ounce Package
UPC: 0 18195-70140 4
-Individual Package Codes:

Seneca Cinnamon Apple Chips 2.5 ounce Package
UPC: 0 18195-70100 8
-Individual Package Codes:

Clancy’s Cinnamon Apple Chips 2.5 ounce Package
-Individual Package Codes:

If you purchased apple chips recently, check the packaging. You can return the product to the place where you bought it for a refund. Don’t eat the snack; in fact, you should place the package inside a sealed zip-top bag just to be safe.

Fruit Recall Sweeps Through Nine States

Longtime readers of Recall Informer know that Listeria is a very serious pathogen.

Manufacturer Country Fresh issued the recall earlier this month for all products containing pre-sliced watermelon, including mixed fruit trays and containers. However, the recall story did not stop there.

Two days later, Country Fresh was forced to expand the recall. Now it includes all pre-cut fruit products that contain apples, grapes, mangoes, cantaloupes and pineapples, as well as watermelon. In 2011, cantaloupes contaminated with listeria caused the deadliest food-borne illness outbreak in recent history. 33 people died, and several pregnant women experienced complications or miscarriage because of the infection.

These products are sold at Walmart and RaceTrac gas stations. So far, the recall only applies to these states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Lousiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The best-by date ranges from October 3 to 11.

“The recall is a precautionary measure due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes detected on equipment used in an area near where these products are packed,” Country Fresh said in the recall notice. “FDA discovered these findings during a recent inspection.”

Given that the recall has already expanded once, don’t be surprised if more states join the list soon.