The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Agriculture jointly provide this recall information concerning the Jack Brown Produce, Inc. of Sparta, MI apples.
Jack Brown Produce
Jack Brown Produce, Inc. of Sparta, MI is recalling Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples processed and shipped by one of its suppliers, Nyblad Orchards, Inc., on December 11 through December 16, 2017, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious, and sometimes fatal infections, in young children, frail or elderly people, along with those who have weakened immune systems.
The recall was the result of a routine sampling program at the Nyblad Orchards, Inc. facility which revealed that finished products contained Listeria monocytogenes. Jack Brown Produce, Inc. has ceased the distribution of any further products processed at Nyblad Orchards as the FDA and the Company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

The recalled apples were distributed through retail stores in Michigan, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio and consist of the following types of apples sold or distributed by Jack Brown Produce, Inc. under the brand name “Apple Ridge”:

  • Honeycrisp apples in two-pound clear plastic bags;
    • Lot numbers affected: NOI 159, 160, 173
  • Gala, Fuji, and Golden Delicious apples in 3-pound clear plastic bags;
    • Lot numbers affected: Golden Delicious: NOI 168, Fuji: NOI 163, 165, 167, 169, 174; Gala: NOI 164, 166
  • Fuji and Gala apples in 5-pound red-netted mesh bags;
    • Fuji: NOI 163, 165, 167, 169, 174; Gala: NOI 164, 166
  • Gala, Fuji and Honeycrisp apples that were tray-packed/individually sold.
  • Fresh Pak fruit tray w/cheese snack, 6.9 oz.
  • Fresh Pak Apple slices, Gala, 9 oz.
  • Fresh Pak apple slices, mixed, 9 oz.
  • Aunt Mid’s apple slices, Clamshell, 2.2 oz.

Consumers who have purchased Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious Apples under the brand name “Apple Ridge” on or after December 11, 2017 are urged to destroy the product and contact Jack Brown Produce, Inc. for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 616-887-9568 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET) and ask for Lisa Ingalls.


Information on Listeria Infections:
Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. No illnesses have been reported to date.