Apples Pulled From Wawa, QSRs Due to Listeria Risk
IRWINDALE, Calif. -- Ready Pac Foods Inc. has recalled apples shipped to Wawa Inc. convenience stores and several quick-service restaurant locations, including McDonald's Corp. and Burger King Worldwide Inc. locations, due to listeria concerns.
Ready Pac's Missa Bay unit voluntarily recalled 293,488 cases and 296,224 individual packs of fruit, vegetable and sandwich products containing the apples that were sent to 36 states, according to a company statement.
Ready Pac issued the recall because the bacterium listeria was found on equipment used by Missa Bay. The company stated no illnesses had yet been reported.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious or life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea.
According to Bloomberg,, McDonald's issued a statement that it removed the apple products due to an "abundance of caution," and received no reports of any people getting sick from the products.
The Ready Pac products were recalled in almost every state in the eastern half of the United States. States on the west coast were not affected.