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More Michigan apple products recalled for Listeria concerns

By Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • Dec 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Following a recall of four types of apples from a Kent County company due to Listeria concerns, more apple products sold in Michigan have been recalled.

The apples, which were processed at Nyblad Orchards Inc., have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can be fatal.

Although healthy people may only suffer short-term symptoms like fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at particular risk for more severe cases. A Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Originally, gala, Fuji, honeycrisp and golden delicious apples sold at Kroger and Aldi stores were recalled Dec. 19. On Tuesday, Dec. 26, more products containing the recalled apples were pulled off the shelves.

The additional recalled products have been sold at all Meijer stores. These products include the 10-ounce Meijer Michigan harvest salad, 16-ounce Meijer sharable Waldorf salad and the 18.9-ounce Meijer fresh cranberry apple stuffing starter. All of these products contain apple slices that were a part of the potentially contaminated apples from Kent County.

So far, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall.

Anyone with these products should throw them out or return them to a Meijer store for a full refund.

Other apple slices sold by Fresh Pak Inc. out of Detroit have also been recalled in connection with this Listeria contamination. The packaged sliced apples are sold in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin retail stores.

The recalled apple slices include:

— Three-pound bag of diced red apples with a use-by date of Dec. 29 to Jan. 2.

— Three-pound bag of sliced red apples with a use-by date of Dec. 28 to Jan. 1.

— Five- and 2.5-ounce bags of sliced apples in clamshells with a use-by date of Dec. 28 to Jan. 1.

— Five- and 2.5-ounce bags of sliced apples with grapes in clamshells with a use-by date of Dec. 31.

— Nine-ounce containers of sliced apples with a use-by date of Dec. 17‐21.

— Nine-ounce containers of mixed (red/green) sliced apples with a use-by date of Dec. 17-21.

— Seven-ounce fruit and cheese snacks with a use-by date of Dec. 17-21.

Consumers in possession of any of the recalled products are urged to discard or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For any questions or concerns about the Fresh Pak Inc. products, contact Josue Cortez at 313-841-7911.

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