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Moldy Fruit Gets Makeover As…Applesauce?

The FDA investigated a Washington fruit processing plant after nine schoolchildren became sick eating their applesauce in school lunch.


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Multi-colored mold was found in bags of fruit product that was supposed to be sealed.

Applesauce lovers avert your eyes — a Washington state fruit producer has been repackaging moldy applesauce and selling it for human consumption.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been investigating Snokist Growers since early 2008. The final blow to the company, however, happened in June.

Nine children in North Carolina became ill after consuming tainted Snokist applesauce in their school lunch. The event prompted the FDA to investigate, where they found bags of fruit that were supposed to be sealed and instead contained various varieties of mold.

It’s unclear if the repackaged applesauce made it to school lunch after the June inspection.

Snokist defended the repackaging, stating they treat products before reselling.

“If rework occurs, our thermal process is more than adequate to render the product commercially sterile,” company spokeswoman Tina Moss says.

The FDA argues their internal tests are not good enough, and bacteria still gets through.

Read More:

  • FDA: Moldy applesauce repackaged by school lunch supplier (MSNBC)
  • FDA: Yakima food processor repackaged moldy applesauce (KOMO News)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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