Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc., Recalls Limited Quantity of Fresh Apples Due to Possible Health Risk

CORAL GABLES, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc., (“Del Monte Fresh”) is initiating a
voluntary recall of Granny Smith green apples because they have the
potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism
which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young
children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune
systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term
symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stuffiness, nausea,
abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages
and stillbirths among pregnant women.

A total of 695 boxes containing 8 “Granny Smith” green apples each and
67 clear plastic bags containing 6 “Granny Smith” green apples each were
distributed to Coremark and 7-Eleven for sale in convenience stores in
the Mountain States region on Oct. 1-12, 2015. States affected include
CO, KS, MO, NE, NM, OK, SD, UT and WY. The apples at store level are
individual fruit on open displays.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The problem was discovered when
a customer performed microbial testing on raw apples received.

Consumers who suspect that they have purchased “Granny Smith” green
apples affected by this recall should dispose it in the garbage and
contact Del Monte Fresh Produce for a refund. Affected retailers have
been requested to remove the product from sale.

Consumers with questions may contact the Company’s consumer hotline at
1-800-659-6500 operating 24 hours seven days a week or email Del Monte
Fresh at Contact-US-Executive-Office@freshdelmonte.com.

Contacts

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc.
Dionysios Christou, 305-520-8400
VP
Marketing N.A