Recalls are always a little scary, as we purchase food in order to make warm, nourishing meals for our families. So when we get news of something simple like an apple being recalled for fears of listeria from a major grocer, then things get a little more intense.
The good news is that all recalled apples have been removed from ALDI grocery stores in the following states: Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina, and North Carolina. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't be checking your fridge! If your household is anything like mine and you let the kids pick out what fruit they'd like to eat that week, often it goes uneaten for some time. Just because the apples are safe to eat now from the store, doesn't mean the ones lurking in the back of the refrigerator are safe to eat.
What is being recalled and from where?
According to a press release from ALDI, the contaminated apples were sold in a limited number in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina, and North Carolina. There are multiple varieties involved in the recall instead of just one type of apple. If you want to check the packages you already have in your own refrigerator, here's what to look for.
The following products and UPC codes are impacted by this recall:
- Fuji Apples, 3 lb. bag, UPC code: 033383087139
- Gala Apples, 3 lb. bag, UPC code: 033383086897
- Golden Apples, 3 lb. bag, UPC code: 033383081175
- Honeycrisp Apples, 2 lb. bag, UPC code: 079954000015
- Honeycrisp Apples, unpackaged, PLU sticker: 3283
The products were also available for purchase to ALDI customers in the Atlanta area through the company's partnership with Instacart, a grocery delivery service.
What are the symptoms of listeria?
Listeria can cause an array of symptoms, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. The symptoms can pop up as early as a few days after eating contaminated food or up to a few weeks later, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.