What You Need to Know About the West Michigan Apple Recall
Yesterday, an apple recall was announced by Jack Brown Produce of Sparta, Mich. and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
See which apples have been recalled, why, and what to do if you have recalled apples.
Jack Brown Produce in Sparta is recalling Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples processed and shipped by one of its suppliers, Nyblad Orchards, Inc., from December 11 through December 16, 2017.
The recall is the result of routine sampling at the Nyblad Orchards, Inc. facility which revealed finished apples containing Listeria monocytogenes. An investigation is ongoing into what caused the problem. No illnesses have been reported to date.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
The recalled apples were distributed through retail stores in Michigan, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio. The apples were sold or distributed by Jack Brown Produce, Inc. under the brand name "Apple Ridge" including:
- Honeycrisp apples in two-pound clear plastic bags;
- Gala, Fuji, and Golden Delicious apples in 3-pound clear plastic bags;
- Fuji and Gala apples in 5-pound red-netted mesh bags; and
- Gala, Fuji and Honeycrisp apples that were tray-packed/individually sold.
The potentially-affected product can be identified by the following lot numbers printed on the bag label and/or bag-closure clip:
Fuji: NOI 163, 165, 167, 169, 174
Honeycrisp: NOI 159, 160, 173
Golden Delicious: NOI 168
Gala: NOI 164, 166 on either the product labels and/or bag-closure clip.
WHAT IS LISTERIA?
The apples are potentially contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
WHAT IF YOU HAVE RECALLED APPLES?
Consumers who have purchased Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious Apples under the brand name "Apple Ridge" on or after December 11, 2017 are urged to destroy the product and contact Jack Brown Produce, Inc. for a full refund. Anyone may contact Jack Brown Produce with questions at 616-887-9568 (Monday-Friday, 8AM to 5PM) and ask for Lisa Ingalls.