Apple Recall: Honeycrisp, Fuji and Other Apples Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

A Michigan-based produce company has recalled over 2,000 crates of fresh apples, citing concerns that the fruits may carry a bacterium that can lead to serious health problems.

The company, North Bay Produce, published a press release on its website that provided a full list of the recalled apples and details about the eight states they were distributed in.

The press release was not accessible on the North Bay Produce website as of 9 a.m. EDT, but the Detroit Free Press reported that the apples were shipped from Michigan to Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois and Wisconsin between October 16 and 21.

The recalled apple varieties include "McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Fuji, Jonamac and Red Delicious," according to USA Today.

The apples were sold under the brands North Bay Produce Pure Michigan and Great Lakes. They may also be sold unbranded in clear plastic tote bags, white paper tote bags and individually from retailers' display trays, USA Today also reported.

No one has yet reported becoming sick from consuming the apples, and no other products from North Bay have been recalled.

Listeria, or listeriosis, is an infection caused by eating food with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The elderly, pregnant women, newborn babies and people with weakened immune systems are especially prone, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Listeria can lead to multiple health problems for someone who is infected, especially if it spreads outside of the gastrointestinal tract and becomes an invasive infection. It can cause muscle aches, headaches, fever, loss of balance, stiffness, and diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems, according to the USDA.

It can also cause "miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn" in pregnant women.

About 1,600 people in the U.S. become infected with listeria every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The infection can be treated with antibiotics.

An outbreak of listeria in the U.S. lasted from November 2016 to September 2019 and affected 10 people in five states, according to the CDC. Every infected person was hospitalized, and one died from complications resulting from the infection, according to a CDC investigation that concluded September 26.

The outbreak of listeria that the investigation examined was caused by consumption of infected deli meat and cheeses, according to the CDC. The investigation did not identify a "single, common supplier of deli products" as the source of the outbreak.

Cider apples wait to be processed during the harvest in Le Theil-sur-Huisne, France, on October 25. Jean-Francois Monier/Getty