A federal inspection “found no deficiencies” at a Crunch Pak facility that produced sliced apples now under recall because of possible listeria contamination, according to company officials.
Crunch Pak, Cashmere, Wash., voluntarily recalled almost 5,500 cases of sliced apples Nov. 14 after learning a random sampling by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture returned a positive result for listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported.
A company spokeswoman said Nov. 21 that the Food and Drug Administration had completed its inspection and “found no deficiencies” and no root cause at the production facility. The Food and Drug Administration has not released any details other than the initial recall notice because of agency policy regarding ongoing investigations.
“Tests taken by the company, Washington State Department of Ag and by FDA have all been negative,” said Crunch Pak spokeswoman Amy Philpott.
Six products are under recall, but only one sample of one product had positive results for listeria, according to information on the Crunch Pak website.
“At this time, it is unclear how or where along the supply chain that the listeria monocytogenes got on this one sample,” the company states on its website at tinyurl.com/CrunchPak-recall-111413.
Crunch Pak recalled five additional products that did not show contamination because they were produced on the same line and same day as the product that returned the positive result.
“The company was notified late (Nov. 13). It was well after business hours, but they immediately began calling customers, asking them to remove products from the supply chain,” Philpott said.
The plant that produced the products was not closed during the FDA inspection, Philpott said.
Crunch Pak sold the products to regional distribution centers. To identify the six recalled products both the Universal Product Code and best-by dates must be used, according to the recall notice. The UPC on the recalled products is also used for other items in the category, thus it alone will not identify the recalled products.
The recalled products are:
- Crunch Pak Tart Apple Slices 14-ounce bag;
- Crunch Pak Tart Apple Slices 2-ounce bag with Low Fat Caramel Dip Multi pack of five;
- Crunch Pak Tart Apple Slices 2-ounce bag Multi pack of six;
- Crunch Pak Tart Apple Slices 3-pound bag;
- Crunch Pak Sweet Honeycrisp Apple Slices 12-ounce bag; and
- Crunch Pak Blue Raspberry Flavorz Apple Slices 2-ounce bag Multi pack of five with Monsters University.