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Potential Listeria Contamination Prompts Latest Michigan Apple Recall

— October 30, 2019

North Bay Produce is recalling nearly 2,300 cases of Michigan apples that might be contaminated with listeria.

North Bay Produce announced earlier this month that it will begin voluntarily recalling many different types of Michigan apples over concerns they may be contaminated with listeria. According to the Michigan-based company, about “2,300 cases of fresh apples and two bulk bins that were distributed in eight states” are included in the recall.

Image of Listeria Bacteria
Listeria Bacteria; Image Courtesy of the CDC,

The recalled apples include a host of popular varieties, including Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Fuji, Jonathan, Red Delicious, and Jonamac. According to the recall notice, the apples were sold and distributed in plastic bags under brand names like Great Lakes, Pure Michigan, and North Bay Produce. Additionally, they were sold in unbranded “clear plastic tote bags, white paper tote bags, and individually from retailers’ display trays.” They were distributed to retailers, brokers, and wholesalers throughout Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Texas between October 16 and October 21.

How was the issue discovered, though? What prompted the recall?

For starters, the recall process began shortly after a “product test revealed that finished products contained the bacteria,” according to the press release. Fortunately, no other North Bay products are included in the recall. Additionally, there have been no reports of illnesses linked to the recall. For now, consumers who have the recalled apples in their homes should either toss them in the trash or return them for a refund. If you have additional questions or concerns, call 231-929-4001, Monday through Friday or visit


Michigan apples being recalled in eight states for possible listeria contamination

Michigan apples recalled in 8 states due to listeria concerns 

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