Del Monte recalls apples after Listeria finding

By Joseph James Whitworth

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Granny Smith apples could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
Granny Smith apples could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

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Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. is recalling Granny Smith green apples because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Del Monte Fresh said 695 boxes containing 8 “Granny Smith” green apples each and 67 clear plastic bags containing 6 “Granny Smith” green apples each were distributed to Coremark and 7-Eleven for sale in convenience stores in the Mountain States region on October 1-12.

States affected include Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. The apples at store level are individual fruit on open displays.

The problem was discovered when a customer performed microbial testing.

Consumers who suspect they have purchased “Granny Smith” green apples affected should dispose of them and contact Del Monte Fresh Produce for a refund. Affected retailers have been requested to remove the product from sale.

Yogurt cups

Strawberry yogurt parfait del monte
Strawberry yogurt parfait

The firm is also recalling "Fresco Fresh” brand parfait yogurt cups because they may contain undeclared almonds.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts could have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat the product. No allergic reactions or illnesses have yet been reported.

They were distributed to customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Items had the Fresco Fresh label and contained vanilla or strawberry parfait yogurt over fresh fruit in the bottom with a separate granola insert at the top of the cup, however this contained almonds.

Absence of the allergen statement on the label was discovered during a routine retained-sample inspection.

Parfait yogurt fruit cup types Strawberry yogurt with fresh bananas, Vanilla yogurt with fresh blueberry/ strawberry blend and Vanilla yogurt with fresh strawberries are affected. 

Products had "Best if Enjoyed By" dates between October 11-20 and were distributed between October 3–12. 

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