According to the latest news Freshway Foods has issued voluntary recall of 6,671 pounds of sliced apples that were packaged on November 12 using the same packaging machine, which according to the company may have been contaminated with “Listeria monocytogenes”

The move was taken by the company after a random and routine test conducted by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services found the products positive for the bacteria. It is important to highlight that a company which is in the business of manufacturing and marketing of food items needs to be in compliant with certain safety standards to avoid health complications. In compliance with federal food safety regulations and guidelines, Freshway cleans and sanitizes its equipment daily to proactively minimize potential problems. However the test performed by the company indicated that the safety rules were compromised by the company in the concerned facility.

Though, no report of adverse effects has yet been observed but still the company recalled the potentially contaminated product to avoid any health hazards pertaining to the product. The details of the products that were recalled by the company are given below:

UPC Number Use by Date Product Description Individual Consumer Package Size States where products were shipped
Not applicable 11/30/2012 Red apple slice2.4 OZ. SONICS 2.4 OZ Alabama,Florida,Georgia,Kentucky,New York,Tennessee,Wisconsin
95829 20000 12/03/2012 and 12/6/2012 Red apple Slice14 OZ.Motts innerlock bag 14 OZ Florida,Georgia,North Carolina
95829 20042 12/03/2012 Green apple slice 14 OZ.Motts innerlock bag 14 OZ North Carolina

The company has said that the recall is being conducted in co-operation with the federal agency USFDA. The potentially affected products were distributed nationally to numerous various distributors, outlets and supermarket chains.

“Although there are no illnesses related to this recall and the out-of-date recalled product is likely no longer available in the marketplace, Freshway Foods is issuing this precautionary voluntary recall because we are committed to our customers and the well-being of the consumers who enjoy our products every day,” said Phil Gilardi, president of Freshway Foods. “We follow industry and federal food safety regulations and guidelines, and are working to carry out this recall in an effective and efficient manner in order to reduce even the slightest risk to public health.”

With this recall the company is notifying food service distributors and retail customers and who received the recalled product directly from the company and requesting that they remove from commerce any of the expired products that they still have in inventory. As an extra precautionary measure the company has also appealed to the customers and distributors to spread the message.