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ALDI Recalls Apples Over Listeria Threat

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Grocery chain ALDI issued a recall of several types of apples over concerns of listeria contamination.

The recall applies to a specific brand of apples sold in Midwestern and southeastern states by Jack Brown Produce, a Michigan apple supplier, on Dec. 13 or later. The impacted varieties are Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden apples.

ALDI announced that the potentially affected fruits were supplied to a limited number of stores in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and the Carolinas. Customers in the Atlanta area may have also purchased the apples through ALDI's grocery delivery partner, Instacart.

Kroger stores in the same states are also affected by the recall, USA Today reports. Both stores are offering full refunds to customers who bought any of the recalled products.  

Time reports that Jack Brown Produce also released a recall of fruits from Nyblad Orchards via the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The order pertains to the same varieties of ALDI and Kroger-recalled apples sold under the Apple Ridge brand in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio from Dec. 11 to Dec. 16.

No illnesses have been reported as of yet. Jack Brown Produce is still investigating the source of the bacteria.

Listeria monocytogenes is a serious and potentially fatal contaminant. Possible symptoms include fever, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, stiffness, nausea and abdominal pain. Infections are more dangerous in pregnant women, children and the elderly, and can lead to stillbirths and miscarriages, according to the FDA.

Listeria recalls usually affect multiple products even if they can only be traced to a single one, the Miami Herald reports. The recall is typically expanded to all products made in a facility, or a particular area of the facility, within a given timeframe. Doctor Steven Gordon of Cleveland Clinic says that though listeria is uncommon, it can be very dangerous.

"An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die," says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. "The infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems."

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Smoked salmon, trout, whitefish meat and other seafood were also recalled over listeria threats.

In all, 19 products sold in stores under the Springfield Smoked Fish or Rachael’s Springfield Smoked Fish brand in Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island were affected. The products were also available at online retailers nationwide.

Sources: ALDITime, USA TodayMiami Herald / Featured Image: Pixnio / Embedded Images: Liam Ferguson/Wikimedia Commons, Nathan Reading/Flickr

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