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Richland Hills Recalls Product Because of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 13, 2009 -- Richland Hills of Richland Center, WI is recalling 49,450 # of sliced apples, because it has 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, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Sliced Apples were distributed in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Louisiana through retail stores, food service and fast food outlets.
Product is in packages labeled Richland Hills Apple Dippers 4 oz, Richland Hills Organic Sliced Apples 6 oz, Crunch Pak Organic Slices Apples 6 oz, and Richland Hills Apple Nibblers 2 oz with use by dates of 1/26/09, 1/27/09, 1/28/09, 1/29/09, and 1/30/09; also Pearson Foods fruit trays that contain apples 6.5 oz, 12 oz, 24 oz, 36 oz and 48 oz with sell by dates of 1/19/09 or before; also Richland Hills food service sliced, diced, quartered and half apple packs in cartons labeled Richland Hills containing 2 oz, 2.4 oz, 3 oz, 2 lb and 10 lb packs with use by dates of 1/26/09, 1/27/09, 1/28/09, 1/29/09 and 1/30/09.
There have been no illnesses reported to date.
The recall was the result of a sampling program by Richland Hills which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. Richland Hills has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and Richland Hills continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased Richland Hills apple products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-811-8088.