Wa-Nee Community Schools warns listeria-contaminated apples may have been served in schools

 

Wa-Nee Community Schools notified parents Thursday that packaged apple slices served during school lunches were recalled because of possible listeria contamination.

The apples might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which the news release states is “an infectious organism that can cause serious, sometimes fatal, illness in young children.”

The recalled apples were served for lunch Thursday, April 30, at NorthWood Middle School and might have been served at all schools last week, according to a news release from Wa-Nee Community Schools. Parents have been asked to seek immediate medical attention for their children if they display symptoms of listeria, which include high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

If children have brought any of the apple slices home in the past two weeks, parents have been asked to return the packages to the school or the Wa-Nee Community Schools’ administration building as soon as possible.

Sun Rich Fresh Foods Inc., informed the school district of the possible contamination Thursday evening. The company sells the school district packaged apple slices in accordance with federal and school food service guidelines. The school district has informed local health departments, hospitals and medical professionals about the recall.

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