A 12 ounce sliced Green Apples Appeling bag. (Appeling Fruit Inc.)
Appeeling Fruit Inc. of Dauberville, Pennsylvania is voluntarily recalling consumer packages of fresh apple slices due to potential listeria monocytognes contamination.
The apple slices were sold under the Burger King, Snack Fresh and Appeeling Fruit brands and have best-if-used-by dates of Sept. 14, 2015 and Sept. 21, 2015, the company said in a statement.
No illnesses have been reported.
The recall was initiated after the company was informed that an environmental sample taken in the production facility as part of a routine sampling program tested positive for the bacteria, according to the Sept. 9 statement.
No final product tested positive, and subsequent test results from the facility have been negative.
The recalled products were shipped to retail distribution centers, wholesalers, and food-service customers in Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania between Aug. 31 and Sept. 2.
“Many of our customers informed us that the recalled product was still in refrigerated warehouses and never reached consumers. Nevertheless, we are issuing this recall to reduce even the slightest risk to public health,” said Steve Cygan, president of Appeeling Fruit. “We care deeply about the health and safety of those who enjoy our products.”
Listeria monocytognes causes an infection known as listeriosis. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Pregnant women, older adults, young children, and individuals with weakened immune systems are at greater risk for serious illness.
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