We're Not Lovin' It: McDonald's Apples Recalled Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

Listeria can cause food poisoning and severe complications for expectant mothers.
Apples supplied to fast food chains like McDonald's are being recalled this week due to a possible listeria contamination. (Photo: The Associated Press)
Aug 11, 2012· 1 MIN READ
A Bay Area native, Andri Antoniades has previously worked as a fashion industry journalist and a medical writer.

In an effort to offer healthier fare, fast food chains like McDonald’s and Burger King sell sliced apples as an alternative to junk food options like french fries. Proving that no good deed goes unpunished, this week those apples are being recalled due to a possible bacterial contamination in the form of listeria, reports Bloomberg News.

When ingested, listeria causes food poisoning symptoms in most, but in pregnant women, can incite dire medical issues, including miscarriage and infections in newborns.

The apples in question are supplied by Missa Bay LLC, a subsidiary of Ready Pac Foods Inc. Included in the recall are also Missa Bay's other fruits, vegetables, and ready-made salads. The company distributes them to various market chains like Safeway and Wegman’s, and has already begun a massive voluntary recall.

Though no illnesses have so far been reported, listeria was found on the factory equipment used to package the products. Considering that last year 30 deaths were linked to a listeria outbreak in cantaloupes, the recall is warranted. McDonald’s stated it was operating with “an abundance of caution,” pulling the apples off shelves and removing them from all restaurants.

According to Missa Bay, the snacks in question have use-by dates of July 8 through August 20, The company is encouraging consumers and retailers alike to check their stock.

When you go to a fast food chain, do you ever actually order the healthier options, or do you find yourself bypassing them for heartier treats?

A Bay Area native, Andri Antoniades previously worked as a fashion industry journalist and medical writer. In addition to reporting the weekend news on TakePart, she volunteers as a web editor for locally-based nonprofits and works as a freelance feature writer for TimeOutLA.com. Email Andri | @andritweets | TakePart.com