September 23, 2018

Listeria Concern Prompts Motts, Sonic Apple Slices Recall

Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio is voluntarily recalling 6,671 pounds of sliced apples for possible Listeria contamination. The apples, which have passed their expiration dates, were packed November 12 with a machine that may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Apple SlicesThe apples were sold under the brand names Sonic and Motts and distributed to stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. No illnesses have been reported in association with this recall. However, the incubation period for Listeria infections is much longer than those of other foodborne pathogens. It can take up to two months after exposure for symptoms of listeriosis to appear, but the average incubation period is about three weeks.

Listeriosis symptoms include  fever and muscle aches, headache, stiff neck which are sometimes preceded by gastrointestinal symptoms. Pregnant women are among those at particular risk as listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and birth defects.

The products under recall include:

  • 2.4 oz packages of Sonic red apple slices with use by date of Nov. 30, distributed Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee, Wisconsin
  • 14 oz innerlock bags of Motts red apple slices with UPC code 95829 20000, expiration dates Dec. 3 or Dec. 6 distributed in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina
  • 14 oz innerlock bags of Motts green apple slices with UPC code 95829 20042, expiration date Dec. 3 distributed in North Carolina

Freshway Foods is notifying retail customers and food service distributors who received

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