North Bay Produce has voluntarily recalled 2,297 cases and two bulk bins of fresh apples due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The company, a grower-owned cooperative headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, markets and distributes produce worldwide.
The recall, announced Oct. 25, was initiated as a result of a finished product test that indicated the presence of listeria. At the time the announcement was made, North Bay Produce was not aware of any illnesses linked to the recall, according to the news release.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with a weakened immune system.
Recalled apple varieties include McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Fuji, Jonamac and Red Delicious. The recalled apples were shipped between Oct. 16 and Oct. 21 from one North Bay facility to wholesalers, retailers and brokers in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin. Apples purchased at retail prior to Oct. 16 are not affected by this recall, and no other North Bay Produce products are affected, according to the news release.
Upon notification, North Bay Produce immediately ceased production and distribution of product from the identified facility and is working with customers to remove recalled product from the marketplace. The company will continue its investigation into what caused the issue, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the release.
For more information, visit northbayproduce.com.