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Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. Amends Voluntary Recall of Fresh Cut Fruit Containing Gala Red Apple in a Few States in North East US Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Consumers:
1-800-659-6500

Information:
Dionysios Christou
VP Marketing N.A.
305-520-8400

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 17, 2014 – CORAL GABLES, FL. – Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte Fresh”) announced today an amendment of its press release dated December 10, 2014 to reflect the accurate finished product descriptor and BIUB date of two (2) items included in its voluntary recall of fresh cut fruit containing Gala red apples grown in Pennsylvania. The corrected product descriptor and BIUB date appear highlighted in bold script in the table below. Although no illnesses have been reported to date, Del Monte Fresh voluntarily decided to recall the potentially affected lot. The affected product was distributed to a limited number of customers in a few States in North East US and is being recalled beca use these apples have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Listeriosis symptoms may include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea and other gastrointestinal distress, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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 women who are pregnant.

A total of 3,051 consumer packages containing fresh cut red apples were distributed to Giant Eagle, Amazon Fresh, Sunoco, Peter’s Fruit, Wegmans, Sheetz and 7-Eleven and have “Best If Enjoyed By” dates of 12/3/14, 12/6/14, 12/7/14 and 12/8/14. The fresh cut red apples have a red color skin. The recalled fresh cut fruit packages containing red apples were distributed for sale in clear plastic containers with one of the following labels and markings:

Finished Product Descriptor Package Size/Weight BIUB Retailer Brand/Label* Lot Number Product Quantities
Apples & Grapes Tray with Caramel Apple Dip 9 oz 12/8/2014 Giant Eagle Plain Transparent Label 2332101 50
Gala Apples 12 oz 12/8/2014 Giant Eagle Plain Transparent Label 2332101 20
Apple W/Dip 24 oz 12/8/2014 Giant Eagle Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle 2332101 62
Apple Tray W/Dip 24 oz 12/8/2014 Giant Eagle Plain Transparent Label 2332101 6
Red/Green Apples W/Dip 5 oz 12/8/2014 Giant Eagle Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle 2332101 8
Red Apple Slices 12 oz 12/7/2014 Amazon Del Monte 2332101 6
Red/Green Apples W/Dip 5 oz 12/7/2014 Amazon Del Monte 2332101 6
Pineapple Medley 16 oz 12/6/2014 Giant Eagle Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle 2332101 156
Pineapple Medley 8 oz 12/6/2014 Giant Eagle Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle 2332101 114
Apples/Grapes/Cheese 7 oz 12/6/2014 Sunoco Nature Made 2332101 96
Gala Apples 12 oz 12/8/2014 Giant Eagle Plain Transparent Label 2332101 2
Gourmet Bowl 64 oz 12/6/2014 Giant Eagle Plain Transparent Label 2332101 4
Pineapple Medley 16 oz 12/6/2014 Giant Eagle Del Monte 2332101 6
Pineapple Medley 8 oz 12/6/2014 Giant Eagle Del Monte 2332101 4
Snack Pack 7 oz 12/6/2014 Giant Eagle Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle 2332101 14
Apples/Grapes/Cheese 7 oz 12/6/2014 Peters Nature Made 2332101 108
Red Apple With Caramel 5 oz 12/8/2014 Peters Del Monte 2332101 60
Gourmet Bowl 40 oz 12/6/2014 Amazon Del Monte 2332101 3
Red Apples/Grapes/Cheese/Dip 7 oz 12/7/2014 Amazon Nature Made 2332101 6
Gourmet Bowl 64 oz 12/6/2014 Giant Eagle Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle 2332101 120
Pineapple Medley 32 oz 12/6/2014 Giant Eagle Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle 2332101 128
Apple Cinnamon Yogurt 6.5 oz 12/6/2014 Giant Eagle Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle 2332101 44
Gourmet Fruit Bowl 4 Lbs 12/3/2014 Wegmans Wegmans 2332101 78
Gourmet Fruit Bowl 4 Lbs 12/3/2014 Wegmans Wegmans 2332101 50
Red Apple Gala 12 oz 12/8/2014 Giant Eagle Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle 2332101 142
Red and Green Apple With Dip 24 oz 12/8/2014 Giant Eagle Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle 2332101 56
Apple with Dip 24 oz 12/8/2014 Giant Eagle Plain Transparent  Label 2332101 14
Gourmet Bowl 64 oz 12/6/2014 Giant Eagle Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle 2332101 60
Pineapple Medley 32 oz 12/6/2014 Giant Eagle Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle 2332101 80
Pineapple Medley 16 oz 12/6/2014 Giant Eagle Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle 2332101 4
Pineapple Medley 8 oz 12/6/2014 Giant Eagle Farmer's Market - Giant Eagle 2332101 140
Red apple With Cheese 5 oz 12/6/2014 Sheetz Sheetz M-T-O 2332101 48
Apples/Carrots/Cheese with Dip 7 oz 12/8/2014 Sheetz Sheetz M-T-O 2332101 156
Harvest Blend 4 oz 12/6/2014 7-Eleven 7-Eleven 2332101 1200
* Note: Please see attached file for label images            

The voluntary recall of the fresh cut fruit containing red apple is being implemented as a result of a random test by the Division of Food Safety of the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the FDA was advised on 12/9/14.

Consumers who believe that they are in possession of the fresh cut fruit containing the affected red apples should dispose of the product in an appropriate waste container. For any inquiries consumers may call 1-800-659-6500 (operating 24 hours a day) or email Del Monte Fresh at Contact-US-Executive-Office@freshdelmonte.com.

For information, contact:
Dionysios Christou
VP Marketing N.A.
305-520-8400

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