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March 26, 2001

Crunch Pak Apple Packages Recalled in 17 States

Wenatchee, WA (SafetyAlerts) - Fresh Products Northwest is recalling its Crunch Pak Fresh Sliced Apple packages because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weak immune systems--infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy.

No illnesses have been reported.

The product was distributed to wholesalers and retailers in Arizona, California, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

All Crunch Pak varieties are included in the recall. Recalled products will have a ``best if used by'' date of March 21 through April 11 printed on the bag or carton label, the company said.

The company said it is working with the Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers with questions can call Mary Hixson at (541) 608-1719.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers March 26, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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