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Published On: Tue, Dec 11th, 2012

Sliced apples recalled due to Listeria risk, Motts and Sonic affected

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Sidney, OH company, Freshway Foods initiated a voluntary recall Saturday of more than three tons of sliced apples after a single, routine and random retail sample of sliced green apple product taken by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services tested positive for the bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes.

6,671 pounds of sliced apples that were packaged on November 12 are affected since the same, potentially contaminated packaging machine was used.

According an Food and Drug Administration (FDA) release, the affected products included in the recall include:

 

  1. 2.4 oz packages of Sonic red apple slices with use by date of Nov. 30, distributed Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee, Wisconsin
  2. 14 oz innerlock bags of Motts red apple slices with UPC code 95829 20000, expiration dates Dec. 3 or Dec. 6 distributed in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina
  3. 14 oz innerlock bags of Motts green apple slices with UPC code 95829 20042, expiration date Dec. 3 distributed in North Carolina

Freshway Foods President Phil Gilardi said, “Although there are no illnesses related to this recall and the out-of-date recalled product is likely no longer available in the marketplace, Freshway Foods is issuing this precautionary voluntary recall because we are committed to our customers and the well-being of the consumers who enjoy our products every day.

“We follow industry and federal food safety regulations and guidelines, and are working to carry out this recall in an effective and efficient manner in order to reduce even the slightest risk to public health.”

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Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is an important public health problem. . The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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