With the holiday season in full swing, many Americans are busy buying groceries and preparing to make their own holiday feasts. However, a scary new warning is causing all chefs to check their kitchens.
A new recall has just hit the media that is affecting specific types of apples. According to the recall, certain apples have been exposed and contaminated with listeria and could lead to fatal infections and death.
"Listeria monocytogenes may cause serious or fatal infections in young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems as well as miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women," according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "In otherwise healthy people, Listeria can cause high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea."
Two main supermarket chains have been affected. Reports state that the Aldi chain is recalling Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp apples sold on, or after, Dec. 13 in its stores in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and North Carolina and through the grocery delivery service Instacart in the Atlanta area. Kroger is also announcing a recall.
"Kroger, the big Cincinnati-based chain, said it is recalled lunchbox-size Fuji and Galas sold between Dec. 12 and Tuesday. Besides individual pieces of fruit, it includes Michigan-grown apples sold in 5-pound bags and sold in Kroger stores in various cities in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Ohio, Virginia, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia," according to reports from USA Today.
At this time, no illnesses have been reported that have been directly related to the apples. However, retailers and health officials are still recommending throwing the apples away and taking your receipt into the stores for a full refund.
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