Possible listeria contamination spurred Crunch Pak, Cashmere, Wash., to voluntarily recall almost 5,500 cases of apple slices that had been distributed nationwide.
A random sample of a 14-ounce package of Crunch Pak brand Tart Apple Slices that was collected by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture tested positive for listeria monocytogenes, according to Crunch Pak spokeswoman Amy Philpott.
No illnesses have been reported, according to a notice on the Food and Drug Administration website.
“The company was notified late (Nov. 13). It was well after business hours, but they sprang into action,” Philpott said Nov.15.
Crunch Pak employees began calling customers immediately, asking them to remove the products from their stores.
Philpott said the plant that produced the six different sliced apple products is still operating, but an investigation is underway and the company is cooperating with state and federal officials.
“We are issuing this voluntary recall to reduce even the slightest risk to public health,” said Tony Freytag, senior vice president of Crunch Pak. “We realize that food safety is a constant effort, and we are using this opportunity to further evaluate our food safety systems.”
Crunch Pak sold the products to retailers, and in some cases it was shipped to regional distribution centers. To identify the six recalled products both the Universal Product Code and best-by dates must be used, according to the recall notice. The UPC on the recalled products is also used for other items in the category, thus it alone will not identify the recalled products.
The recalled products are:
- Crunch Pak Tart Apple Slices 14-ounce bag;
- Crunch Pak Tart Apple Slices 2-ounce bag with Low Fat Caramel Dip Multi pack of five;
- Crunch Pak Tart Apple Slices 2-ounce bag Multi pack of six;
- Crunch Pak Tart Apple Slices 3-pound bag;
- Crunch Pak Sweet Honeycrisp Apple Slices 12-ounce bag; and
- Crunch Pak Blue Raspberry Flavorz Apple Slices 2-ounce bag Multi pack of five with Monsters University