There are two things that never seem to slow down: time and recalls. Last week, we saw Walmart’s frozen sausage recall affect 3 tons of product, and Taco Bell had to pull 2.3 million pounds of recalled seasoned beef from all locations. We’ve been keeping our watchful eyes out for more of those pesky recalls, and there’s a new one affecting your lunchbox.
North Bay Produce’s apple recall lists six of our favorite types and puts a hitch in our snacking plans. 2,297 cases and two bulk bins of fresh apples are suspected of contamination with listeria. So far, the affected states include Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin. Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores are affected as well.
The recall was issued by North Bay Produce on October 25. You can find the official release here.
What apples are recalled?
The apple recall includes McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Fuji, Jonamac and Red Delicious apples. They’re typically sold in plastic bags under the brand names Great Lakes or North Bay Pure Michigan. The apples are also packaged in unbranded and clear plastic totes, white totes and sold individually on display trays. Fortunately, no other North Bay Produce products are affected by the recall, so your Granny Smiths are safe.
The recall launched after a product test picked up on traces of listeria. North Bay Produce isn’t entirely sure how the apples became contaminated, but all of the apples from the distribution facility have been pulled, and no more contaminated apples were shipped. The recall is a safety measure for consumers who might have some bad apples hiding out in their fruit bowls.
How do I know if I have these apples?
You’ll want to keep arrival dates and UPC codes, as well as your state, in mind. The recalled apples shipped between October 16 and October 21. Anything you may have bought before October 16 is still fine for consumption, but here are the tricky ones to look out for:
- McIntosh Great Lakes 3-pound plastic bag with UPC code 8 13635 01012 8
- Jonathan Great Lakes 3-pound plastic bag with UPC code 8 13635 01017 3
- Honeycrisp Great Lakes 3-pound plastic bag with UPC code 8 13635 01018 0
- Jonamac Great Lakes 3-pound plastic bag with UPC code 8 13635 01019 7
- McIntosh North Bay Pure Michigan 3-pound plastic bag with UPC code 8 13635 01012 8
- Honeycrisp North Bay Pure Michigan 2-pound plastic bag with UPC code 8 13635 01130 9
- Honeycrisp quarter peck paper tote bag with item number 700116
- Fuji 1/2 peck plastic tote bags with PLU code 4195
- Jonathan bulk 600-pound corrugated bins
- Mcintosh distributed in trays with PLU code 4019
- Red Delicious distributed in trays with PLU codes 4168 and 4167
Still not sure? Take a look at the images at the end of this PDF.
I have these apples! What should I do with them?
If you have apples listed in the recall, absolutely don’t eat them. North Bay Produce urges buyers to either toss your snack out or return it to the place of purchase. Most retailers will give you a refund, and if you’re quick, you may be able to exchange the product. Make sure to check crisper drawers in your fridge, your counter and your child’s lunchbox for contaminated apples.
For questions, reach out to North Bay Produce at 1-231-929-4001. Their helpline is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET. You can also reach out to them on their website.
How can I avoid getting listeria?
Luckily, avoiding listeria isn’t too tough. You’ll want to make sure the milk and soft cheeses you buy have “pasteurized” on the label. Make sure that sealed meat, like cold cuts or hot dogs, don’t live in your fridge for more than two weeks. Use up opened packages of meat by either the use by date or seven days after you’ve opened them, whichever comes first. Wash and cook sprouts before eating them, and don’t leave melons in the fridge for more than a week.
For more information, here’s how to protect your family against listeria.