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Michigan Company Recalls Fresh Apples Over Listeria Risk
October 30, 2019 – North Bay Produce, Inc., a Traverse City, Michigan-based firm, has issued a recall for 2,297 cases and 2 bulk bins of fresh apples over potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that causes severe foodborne illness. Affected varieties include McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Fuji, Jonamac and Red Delicious apples. Click here to view the FDA recall notice  for more information on specific products affected by the recall.
The recalled apples were sold in plastic bags, clear plastic tote bags, and white paper totes under the brand names Great Lakes, North Bay Produce, Pure Michigan, and unbranded. Affected products were distributed from Oct. 16, 2019, to Oct. 21, 2019, to companies in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.
Apples purchased before Oct. 16 are not affected by this recall, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). To date, no listeria infections or any other adverse events have been linked to the recalled apples.
Symptoms of Listeria Monocytogenes
Signs and symptoms of a listeria infection may include:
- Muscle aches
If the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms of listeria may include:
- Stiff neck
- Confusion or changes in alertness
- Loss of balance
Source: Mayo Clinic 
Gala, Granny Smith Apples Recalled for Listeria
January 9, 2015 – A Central California packing plant has issued a nationwide recall for all of its Granny Smith and Gala apples shipped in 2014 after they were linked to an outbreak of listeria monocytogenes in caramel apples that may have caused up to 32 illnesses and 5 deaths. On Dec. 19, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to avoid eating pre-packaged caramel apples after they were linked to the listeria outbreak.
The FDA announced Thursday that Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield, CA is recalling apples shipped from its Shafter plant last year, after the agency launched an investigation into an 11-state listeria outbreak.
On Dec. 22, Bidart Bros. issued a recall to customers that produce caramel apples after it was determined that the company supplied 2 commercial brands linked to the illnesses. The next day, health officials from the FDA and California Department of Public health inspected the Shafter facility, finding listeria on surfaces likely to come into contact with apples. While the agencies are still looking at the samples to ensure a conclusive link to the strains of listeria associated with the outbreak, Bidart recalled all apples shipped from the plant on Jan. 6.
Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak was first reported just before then. However, the commercially produced variety can have a shelf life of a month or more, and some may still be on store shelves.
According to the FDA, some of the apples being recalled may be sold under the brand names “Big B” or “Granny’s Best,” though they may also be sold under other brand names or with no name at all. Consumers who have recently purchased Granny Smith or Gala apples should ask retailers if they were supplied by Bidart Bros.
In addition to the recall for Bidart Bros.’ Granny Smith and Gala apples, the following caramel apple brands have also been recalled:
- Happy Apple
- California Snack Foods
- Merb’s Candies
Can I File a Class Action?
Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to apple recall lawsuits. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients.
If you got sick after eating recalled apples, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I Have an Apples Recall Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in apples recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one developed symptoms of food poisoning after eating recalled apples or apple products, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a food poisoning lawsuit and we can help.