Wa-Nee Community Schools received a product recall notification Thursday evening from Sun Rich Fresh Foods, Inc. The company sells the school community apple slices packaged in accordance with federal, school food service guidelines.
The notice warned the packaged apple slices may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, an infectious organism that can cause serious, sometimes fatal, illness in young children. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
A check with superintendents with Tippecanoe Valley School Corp., Wawasee and Warsaw School Corp., found these school corporations do not use this company.
Sun Rich Fresh Foods an Ontario-based facility, distributes sliced apple snacks for a number of companies across Canada, including grocery stores, Starbucks and Subway. There has been reported one illness associated with the recall.
Packaged apple slices on the recall list were served to Wa-Nee students Thursday, in student lunches at NorthWood Middle School and may have been served at all Wa-Nee Community Schools during the past week.
Wa-Nee Community Schools Superintendent Joe Sabo is asking parents if a child displays any of those symptoms to seek immediate medical attention. The school corporation has alerted local health departments, hospitals and medical professionals of the recall.
If a Wa-Nee student brought home any apple slices packages during the past two weeks, parents are asked to return those packages to the school or the Wa-Nee Community Schools’ administration building as soon as possible.
Wa-Nee Community Schools will continue to provide updates regarding the recall notice when additional information is known.