McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast food franchises made headlines with their attempts to improve the health factor of kids’ meals through the addition of fruit options like “apple fries” over the usual french fries. But unfortunately, even apples aren’t completely immune from danger. This week Missa Bay LLC, a subsidiary of Ready Pac Foods Inc., has issued a large scale voluntary recall of several products including those pre-sliced apples that make up part of many a Happy Meal, on the basis that they may be contaminated with the always unwelcome Listeria bacteria.
CBS News’ Health Pop blog reports that the New Jersey-based Missa Bay LLC has recalled 293,488 cases and 296,224 individual units which were distributed across 36 states and Washington, D.C. According to the FDA, the products subject to recall a myriad of products destined for both grocery retail and franchise preparation including among other things:
- BK Fresh Apple Slices
- Snack Pac Apples & Caramel (4oz)
- McDonald’s Fruit & Walnut Snack
- Diced Apples for McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal
- Ready Snax Apples, Granola & Yogurt
- Wawa Apple Slices
- Wawa Apple Peanut Butter Dipper (6.5oz)
- Wegmans Apples, Cheese & Caramel Dip (4oz)
For a full list of recalled products, check out the FDA’s press release. Unlike some worse Listeria contaminations, no outbreaks of illness have been reported in this instance – rather, the contamination was discovered on equipment used to process Missa Bay’s apple products. But Missa Bay and Ready Pac would like to keep that illness report to zero if possible, and are asking consumers to dispose of any possibly contaminated products and contact the Ready Pac Consumer Affairs Department at (800) 800‐7822 (M–F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST) for a full refund. Meanwhile retailers and restaurant owners are instructed to get in contact with Ready Pac and ensure that potentially contaminated products are removed from the stream of commerce.