Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Fresh Cut Fruit Containing Gala Red Apple in a Few States in North East US Because of Possible Health Risk

CORAL GABLES, Fla.--()--Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte Fresh”) announced today the voluntary recall of fresh cut fruit containing Gala red apples grown in Pennsylvania. 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. The recalled fresh cut fruit packages containing red apples were distributed for sale in clear plastic containers with one of the following labels and markings:

                                                       
Finished Product Descriptor       Package size/Weight       BIUB       Retailer       Brand/Label *       Lot Number       Product Quantities    
Red/Green Apples W/Dip       9 oz       12/8/2014      

Giant Eagle

      Plain Transparent Label       2332101       50
Gala Apples       12 oz       12/8/2014       Giant Eagle       Plain Transparent Label       2332101       20

Apple W/Dip

      24 oz       12/8/2014       Giant Eagle       Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle       2332101       62
Apple Tray W/Dip       24 oz       12/8/2014       Giant Eagle       Plain Transparent Label       2332101       6
Red/Green Apples W/Dip       5 oz       12/8/2014       Giant Eagle       Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle       2332101       8
Red Apple Slices       12 oz       12/7/2014       Amazon       Del Monte       2332101       6
Red/Green Apples W/Dip       5 oz       12/7/2014       Amazon       Del Monte       2332101       6
Pineapple Medley       16 oz       12/6/2014       Giant Eagle       Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle       2332101       156
Pineapple Medley       8 oz       12/6/2014       Giant Eagle       Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle       2332101       114
Apples/Grapes/Cheese       7 oz       12/6/2014       Sunoco       Nature Made       2332101       96
Gala Apples       12 oz       12/8/2014       Giant Eagle       Plain Transparent Label       2332101       2
Gourmet Bowl       64 oz       12/6/2014       Giant Eagle       Plain Transparent Label       2332101       4
Pineapple Medley       16 oz       12/6/2014       Giant Eagle       Del Monte       2332101       6
Pineapple Medley       8 oz       12/6/2014       Giant Eagle       Del Monte       2332101       4
Snack Pack       7 oz       12/6/2014       Giant Eagle       Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle       2332101       14
Apples/Grapes/Cheese       7 oz       12/6/2014       Peters       Nature Made       2332101       108
Red Apple With Caramel       5 oz       12/8/2014       Peters       Del Monte       2332101       60
Gourmet Bowl       40 oz       12/6/2014       Amazon       Del Monte       2332101       3

Red Apples/Grapes/ Cheese/ Dip

      7 oz       12/6/2014       Amazon       Nature Made       2332101       6
Gourmet Bowl       64 oz       12/6/2014       Giant Eagle       Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle       2332101       120
Pineapple Medley       32 oz       12/6/2014       Giant Eagle       Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle       2332101       128

Apple Cinnamon Yogurt

      6.5 oz       12/6/2014       Giant Eagle       Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle       2332101       44
Gourmet Fruit Bowl       4 Lbs       12/3/2014       Wegmans       Wegmans       2332101       78
Gourmet Fruit Bowl       4 Lbs       12/3/2014       Wegmans       Wegmans       2332101       50
Red Apple Gala       12 oz       12/8/2014       Giant Eagle       Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle       2332101       142
Red and Green Apple With Dip       24 oz       12/8/2014       Giant Eagle       Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle       2332101       56
Apple with Dip       24 oz       12/8/2014       Giant Eagle       Plain Transparent Label       2332101       14
Gourmet Bowl       64 oz       12/6/2014       Giant Eagle       Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle       2332101       60
Pineapple Medley       32 oz       12/6/2014       Giant Eagle       Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle       2332101       80
Pineapple Medley       16 oz       12/6/2014       Giant Eagle       Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle       2332101       4
Pineapple Medley       8 oz       12/6/2014       Giant Eagle       Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle       2332101       140
Red apple With Cheese       5 oz       12/6/2014       Sheetz       Sheetz M-T-O       2332101       48
Apples/ Carrots/ Cheese with Dip       7 oz       12/8/2014       Sheetz       Sheetz M-T-O       2332101       156
Harvest Blend       4 oz       12/6/2014       7-Eleven       7-Eleven       2332101       1200      
* Note: Please see attached file for label images
 

The voluntary recall of the fresh cut fruit containing red apple is being implemented as a result of a random test by the Division of Food Safety of the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the FDA was advised on 12/9/14. Although no illnesses have been reported to date, Del Monte Fresh voluntarily decided to recall the potentially affected lot.

Consumers who believe that they are in possession of the fresh cut fruit containing the affected red apples should dispose of the product in an appropriate waste container. For any inquiries consumers may call 1-800-659-6500 (operating 24 hours a day) or email Del Monte Fresh at Contact-US-Executive-Office@freshdelmonte.com.

Contacts

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc.
Dionysios Christou, VP Marketing N.A.
305-520-8400