Sparta company recalls apples sold in Ohio amid listeria risk

The company says it has halted distribution and the FDA is involved in the investigation

The company is recalling its Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples shipped by Nyblad Orchards, Inc. from Dec. 11 through Dec. 16 and sold under the Apple Ridge brand.
Photo courtesy of the FDA

SPARTA, Mich. (WOOD) — A Michigan company is recalling four varieties of its apples for possible listeria contamination.

Jack Brown Produce, Inc. announced the recall Tuesday. The company is recalling its Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples shipped by Nyblad Orchards, Inc. from Dec. 11 through Dec. 16 and sold under the Apple Ridge brand.

Jack Brown Produce says so far, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled produce, which was distributed to stores in Michigan, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio.

The recalled apples may have come in contact with listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes deadly infections among the young, old and people with compromised immune systems, or miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Healthy consumers sickened by listeria may suffer from a high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

However, a routine apple sample taken from Nyblad Orchards facility contained listeria monocytogenes, according to Jack Brown Produce. The company says it has halted distribution and the FDA is involved in the investigation.

The recalled products include:

Honeycrisp apples sold in two-pound clear plastic bags. Gala, Fuji and Golden Delicious apples in three-pound clear plastic bags. Gala, Fuji and Honeycrisp apples that were tray-packed/individually sold.

The recalled apples contain the following lot numbers, which are printed on the bag or its closure clip:

Fuji: NOI 163, 165, 167, 169, 174
Honeycrisp: NOI 159, 160, 173
Golden Delicious: NOI 168
Gala: NOI 164, 166

Consumers who purchased the recalled apples are urged to toss the produce and contact the company for a full refund by calling 1.800.348.0834 during regular business hours.

Click here to read the FDA’s full announcement

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