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Apples Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

A New Jersey-based company is recalling 293,488 cases and 296,224 individual units of fruit, vegetable and sandwich products because they contain apples that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Missa Bay, LLC, a subsidiary of Ready Pac Foods, Inc. of Swedesboro, NJ initiated a voluntary recall of the products Friday after Listeria monocytogenes was found on equipment used by the company to process its apple products, which are sold at McDonalds, Burger King and a variety of retail locations around the country.

Apples subject to the recall are diced or sliced and have a use-by date of July 8 through August 20, 2012.

The affected products were distributed to the District of Columbia and 36 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

No illnesses have been reported in connection to the recalled product to date.

Recalled Products

Items subject to recall include:

- BK Fresh Apple Slices, 2oz, “Burger King” label with use-by date of August 13 or before

- Snack Pac Apples & Caramel, 4oz, “Hannaford” label with use-by date of August 18 or before and UPC 4126817191

- Snack Pac Apples, Granola & Yogurt, 4.3oz, “Hannaford” label with use-by date of August 18 or before and UPC 4126817195

- Apple Slices, 1.2oz, “McDonalds” label; (ONLY in the following states: CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ , NY, PA, RI , VT). Product is marked with a use-by date of August 19 or before

- Diced Apples for Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, 0.92oz, “McDonalds” label; (ONLY in the following states: CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ , NY, PA, RI , VT). Product is marked with a use-by date of August 19 or before

- Fruit & Walnut Snack, 5.75oz, “McDonalds” label with a use-by date of August 20 or before

- Apple Blue Pecan bistro, 4.75oz, “Ready Pac” label with a use-by date of August 12 or before and UPC 7774529497

- Fruit Frenzy, 32oz, “Ready Pac” label with a use-by date of August 18 or before and UPC 7774523086

- Fruit Tray Bien, 32oz, “Ready Pac” label with a use-by date of August 18 or before and UPC 7774521606

- Ready Snax Apples, Cheese with Caramel Dip, 4oz, “Ready Pac” label with a use-by date of August 18 or before and UPC 7774523896

- Ready Snax Apples, Celery, Raisins with Peanut Butter, 4oz, “Ready Pac” label with a use-by date of August 18 or before and UPC 7774523897

- Ready Snax Apples, Granola & Yogurt, 4.3oz, “Ready Pac” label with a use-by date of August 18 or before and UPC 7774523089

- Super Fruit Blend, 6oz, “Ready Pac” label with a use-by date of August 17 or before and UPC 7774523076

- Super Fruit Medley, 10.5oz, “Ready Pac” label with a use-by date of August 16 or before and UPC 7774523746

- Sweet Sunshine Platter, 37oz, “Ready Pac” label with a use-by date of August 16 or before and UPC 7774524204

- Apple, Blue Cheese & Pecan Complete Salad Kit, 8.75oz, “Safeway Farms” label with a use-by date of August 18 or before and UPC 2113033680

- Apple Caramel Dipper, 6.7oz, “Wawa” label with a use-by date of August 16 or before and UPC 2619100394

- Apple Peanut Butter Dipper, 6.5oz, “Wawa” label with a use-by date of August 15 or before and UPC 2619100268

- Apple Slices, 3.5oz, “Wawa” label with a use-by date of August 16 or before and UPC 2619102232

- Baby Carrots, 3oz, “Wawa” label with a use-by date of August 16 or before and UPC 2619102517

- Chicken Salad Snack, 6.7oz, “Wawa” label with a use-by date of August 12 or before and UPC 2619102760

- Chicken Salad Sandwich, 7.8oz, “Wawa” label with a use-by date of August 10 or before and UPC 2619105670

- Fruit & Cheese, 6oz, “Wawa” label with a use-by date of August 11 or before and UPC 2619102567

- Protein Power Pack, 7.8oz, “Wawa” label with a use-by date of August 11 or before and UPC 2619102565

- Red Grapes, 3oz, “Wawa” Label with a use-by date of August 13 or before and UPC 2619102518

- Turkey & Cheese Sandwich, 7.7oz, “Wawa” label with a use-by date of August 10 or before and UPC 2619105622

- Apples, Celery, Raisins & Peanut Butter, 4oz, “Wegmans” label with a use-by date of August 18 and UPC 7789026744

- Apples, Cheese & Caramel Dip, 4oz, “Wegmans” label with a use-by date of August 15 or before and UPC 7789026743

- Apples, Granola & Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt, 4.3oz, “Wegmans” label with a use-by date of August 18 or before and UPC 7789026737

Advice to Consumers

Consumers who purchased any of the recalled products should record the use-by date and/or UPC code number, immediately dispose of the product, and contact Ready Pac Consumer Affairs at (800) 800-7822 Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm Pacific Time to obtain a full refund.

© Food Safety News
  • danielle

    and what do we do if our children already ate them

  • husna aijaz

    Based on the number of recalls due to Listeria in the past few months, employee hygiene should be put under investigation in the food processing environment. A point to remember: the infectious dose for L.monocytogenes is VERY small and it can be isolated from human feces apart from animal feces and soil.
    Solution: It is advisable to have an ozonated (video monitored) hand washing station outside the restrooms at every food processing facility.RFID technology can be alternately adopted to maintain complaince as done at hospitals.

  • husna aijaz

    All these recalls occur after the consumer has already purchased and consumed the product. There is no proactive approach to food safety here.
    The following article can be well utilized by food safety consultants.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1541-4337.2003.tb00030.x/pdf

  • Pedro Pompeyo Osores Morante

    Its that listeria a mutation makes transgenic apple