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News | October 31, 2019

Bad Apples: Over 2,000 Cases of Fresh Apples Recalled After Positive Listeria Test

By Staff

Bad Apples: Over 2,000 Cases of Fresh Apples Recalled After Positive Listeria Test

Late last week, Traverse City, MI-based North Bay Produce, Inc. voluntarily recalled 2,297 cases of fresh apples due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. 

The recall affects a number of varieties including Fuji, Honeycrisp, Jonamac, Jonathan, McIntosh, and Red Delicious. The apples were sold in plastic bags under a number of brand names including Great Lakes, North Bay Produce Pure Michigan, and many were unbranded in clear plastic or white paper tote bags, and individually from retailer display trays. The apples were shipped from one North Bay Produce packinghouse between October 16-21, 2019 to wholesalers, retailers, and brokers in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Apples purchased from retailers before October 16th are not affected by this recall. No other North Bay Produce products are affected by this recall. 

A statement on North Bay Produce’s website says that the recall was “initiated as a result of a product test which revealed that finished products contained the [Listeria] bacteria.” The statement also says that, to date, health officials have not linked this recall to any reports of illness.  

For more information about how to identify the recalled apples, see North Bay Produce’s website, or visit FDA.gov

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