Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte Fresh”) announced last week an amendment of its press release dated December 10, 2014 to reflect the accurate finished product descriptor and BIUB date of two (2) items included in its voluntary recall of fresh cut fruit containing Gala red apples grown in Pennsylvania. The corrected product descriptor and BIUB date appear highlighted in bold script in the table below. Although no illnesses have been reported to date, Del Monte Fresh voluntarily decided to recall the potentially affected lot. The affected product was distributed to a limited number of customers in a few States in North East US and is being recalled because these apples have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Listeriosis symptoms may include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea and other gastrointestinal distress, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short -term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among women who are pregnant.
A total of 3,051 consumer packages containing fresh cut red apples were distributed to Giant Eagle, Amazon Fresh, Sunoco, Peter’s Fruit, Wegmans, Sheetz and 7-Eleven and have “Best If Enjoyed By” dates of 12/3/14, 12/6/14, 12/7/14 and 12/8/14. The fresh cut red apples have a red color skin. Full recall updated recall notice.