Listeria Cited in Sliced Apple Recall

Marjon Specialty Foods, Inc., of Plant City, Florida, just voluntarily recalled 119 cases of sliced apples following a positive test result for <"">Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The test was the result of the company’s routine sampling program.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 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 pregnant women.

No other products that were manufactured or distributed by Marjon Specialty Foods, Inc. are involved in this recall. These apples were produced by Marjon Specialty Foods, Inc. and packaged in two-ounce single serve packages which were labeled as follows:

Simply Fresh Fruit:

• One case: 100 two-ounce packages per case with a 7-20-10 Use By Date.

• Five cases: 100 two-ounce packages per case with a 7-21-10 Use By Date.

• 83 cases: 72 two-ounce packages per case with a 7-20-10 Use By Date.

Miller’s Ale House:

• 30 cases: 24 two-ounce packages per case with a 7-20-10 Use By Date.

This recall only extends to the products listed above, which were sold to three food service distributors in Florida. The recalled products were further distributed to institutional and food service establishments, where they may have been removed from the original packaging. According to Marjon Specialty Foods, the recalled products have been successfully accounted for and destroyed. To date, no illnesses related to these products have been reported.

Marjon Specialty Foods, Inc. has worked closely with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Production was ceased immediately until FDACS was able to conduct and complete their inspection of the facility on July 6, 2010. Marjon completed all of the requirements per FDACS guidelines and FDACS gave Marjon Specialty Foods, Inc. the release to resume production on Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

Marjon Specialty Foods, Inc. said, wrote the FDA, it took immediate precautionary measures to protect public health by issuing this voluntary recall and requested that the three distributors involved locate, recall, and destroy all product involved in this recall. The distributors acted promptly to gather the product being recalled.

Marjon Specialty Foods, Inc. can be reached at 813-752-3482, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

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