01/09/2015 05:37 EST | Updated 03/11/2015 05:59 EDT

Bidart Bros. Apples Recalled Over Listeria Risk

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An employee checks royal gala apples before being packed at AC Goatham & Sons' packing house in Hoo, U.K., on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. U.K. retail sales grew 0.7 percent in September, compared with a 1.8 percent increase the previous month, the British Retail Consortium said today. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Some Granny Smith and Gala apples sold in parts of Canada are being recalled because of possible listeria contamination.

The apples were exported by Bidart Bros. in the United States. 

They were sold in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. 

The affected produce was sold under the brand names Big B and Granny's Best. It's possible the apples were sold under other brand names or not branded and sold loose o in bulk.

"Only apples exported by Bidart Bros. are affected by this recall," states a message on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website. "These products have been sold from cash and carry locations. If you are unsure as to whether products are included in this recall, contact the location where they were purchased

CFIA recommends throwing out the apples or returning them to the store from where they were purchased. 

Consuming listeria can lead to the illness listeriosis, which can cause a high fever, severe headache, a stiff neck and nausea. Listeriosis can also lead to premature delivery or miscarriage in pregnant women and can be a serious illness for those with weakened immune systems.


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