Granny Smith and Gala apples are being recalled nationwide after the presence of Listeria monocytogenes was confirmed at an apple processing facility in Shafter, according to the Monterey County, Calif. health department, according to KGO-TV in San Francisco, Calif.
Apples should be thrown away if they come from grower Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield or if the source cannot be determined, according to Dr. Edward L. Moreno, a public health officer with the Monterey County Health Department.
Listeriosis can be potentially fatal. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, nausea and a stiff neck.
Moreno is encouraging consumers who may have purchased Granny Smith apples, Gala apples, or caramel apples to contact their grocer and determine whether or not they were supplied by Bidart Bros.
The last time Bidart Bros. shipped Granny Smith apples to customers was Dec. 2, 2014– but they may still be in circulation if the fruit was processed or frozen.
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