Del Monte Recalls Fruit Snack Packs Potentially Contaminated With Listeria

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eagleSure, we feel like we’re doing something righteous and healthy when we buy a package of cut fresh fruit for a snack instead of cookies or a candy bar, but there are times when choosing fresh fruit can come back to bite you. That’s the case for some Del Monte fruit snacks sold in grocery and convenience stores.

Affected fruit was known to be distributed to Giant Eagle, Sunoco, Peter’s Fruit, Wegmans, Sheetz and 7-Eleven stores, and delivered by Amazon Fresh. Of course, the bad news is that most of these snacks have already been eaten, since the latest “enjoy by” date on affected packages is was Monday.

With that in mind, let’s review the symptoms of Listeriosis, so that you know when to seek medical attention, especially if a vulnerable person has eaten the affected apples. Infection is potentially fatal in very young people, very old people, and the immunosuppressed, and can cause miscarriages or stillbirth in pregnant women.

Many people who have consumed Listeria-contaminated food show no symptoms at all, or have mild gastrointestinal distress. Symptoms of a severe case of Listeriosis can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. Symptoms in pregnant women can include, fever, fatigue, and muscle aches.

The apples in these packages were grown in Pennsylvania, and a random test by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Affected fruit packs include assortments with carrots, cheese, mixed fruit, and a “pineapple medley.” You can find a full list of affected products on Del Monte’s press release.

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Fresh Cut Fruit Containing Gala Red Apple in a Few States in North East US Because of Possible Health Risk [Press Release]