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Apples to Apples: A potentially dangerous product

California parents often reach for snacks such as apples to feed their children. The intent is to get kids eating healthy fruits and vegetables rather than the junk foods to which they are attracted. However, now, it seems that feeding kids apples from one manufacturer may be a more dangerous product than any junk food.

According to sources prepackaged, sliced apples that were distributed to fast food chains such as Burger King and McDonalds are the subject of a product recall. Though no reports of serious illness have yet been made as a result of consuming the apples, they are suspected of being tainted with Listeria. Listeria is the same illness that resulted in the deaths of 30 people last year after they ate contaminated cantaloupe. The illness can cause flu-like symptoms and may be particularly dangerous to pregnant women. The apples, packaged by a company owned by Ready Pac Foods Inc., were distributed across 36 states. All of the packages have use by dates from July 8 to August 20.

If a person finds that they have the dangerous product in their refrigerator, they are asked to contact Ready Pac. With a reported 296,224 units distributed before the discovery of the dangerous contamination, it is likely that some readers may have come in contact with the product.

This recent case illustrates that a dangerous product can take many forms, including those thought to be natural and healthy. When illness or injury occurs from a dangerous product, residents should act fast. Seeking the advocacy of an experienced team can help those ill or injured exercise their legal rights and work for a favorable outcome.

Source: abclocal.com, "Apple slices recalled due to listeria danger," Aug. 13, 2012

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