Which Major Fast Food Chains' Apple Products Could Have Listeria?

August 13, 2012 4:38 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
Apples (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Everyone knows an apple a day keeps the doctor away; unless, of course, that apple is contaminated with listeria.

Ready Pac Foods Inc., an apple company based out of Irwindale, California, reports that it is in the process of recalling 293,488 cases and 296,224 individually distributed units of products that contain the company's apples. These products have been distributed through thirty-six states, in addition to our nation's capital.

It may surprise you to hear that Ready Pac's listeria apples are used by both McDonald's and Burger King-- almost as much as it may surprise you to hear that both McDonald's and Burger King have apples on their menus. Most of the marketing for their fruit products are aimed at kids, but you can see an actually quite yummy use of apple bites in McDonald's line of fruit-filled oatmeals, which are about twice as delicious as they are fatty.

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In a statement issues by the fast food giant today, McDonald's reported that it has stopped serving any product on its menu containing apple products from Ready Pac Foods as a precautionary measure against contamination of its patrons. No chains so far have reported that they have received any confirmation of illness in customers.

Burger King Worldwide Inc., on the other hand, hasn't released a statement just yet. They sell the potentially contaminated fruit in packs of apple slices.

What, exactly, do you have to worry about when it comes to listeria? When an unlucky eater puts food contaminated with listeria in hire body, ze can get a very serious infection known as listeriosis. The infectious disease typically affects the elderly, pregnant women, infants, and adults whose immune systems have been weakened by other pre-existing conditions. Symptoms of the illness include, but are not limited to fever, diarrhea, stiff neck, disorientation and strong convulsions.

The bacterium was found on equipment in Missa Bay, one of Ready Pac's subsidiaries in New Jersey. Recalled items have been sold in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

If you suspect you've been infected, get to a doctor immediately. Othewise, Ready Pac welcomes your questions about their apples at 800-800-7822.

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