Health Highlights: Aug. 13, 2012

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Apple Slices Sold at McDonald's, Burger King Pulled Due to Listeria Risk

Ready Pac Foods Inc. is recalling apples shipped to restaurants and stores in 36 states due to fears they might be contaminated with listeria. Restaurant chains McDonald's and Burger King sell the apples as slices, and the fruit was also sold to Wawa Inc. convenience stores and Wegmans Food Markets, Bloomberg News reported.

The recall occurred after listeria was detected on equipment at Ready Pac's Missa Bay unit, and includes over 293,000 cases and more than 296,000 individual packs of fruit, vegetable and sandwich products containing the apples, the company said in a statement.

No illnesses have yet been linked to the apples, according to Ready Pac, which is based in Irwindale, Calif.

In a statement, McDonald's said it had stopped serving products originating at the Missa Bay unit out of an "abundance of caution," Bloomberg said.

States to which the apple products were shipped include Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The products were also being recalled in Washington, D.C.

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Rev. Billy Graham Recovering From Bronchitis in Hospital

The Rev. Billy Graham is being treated for bronchitis at a North Carolina hospital, where his spokesman said Monday that he is resting and doing well.

The Associated Press reported that the 93-year-old evangelist was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville on Saturday with the lung infection.

Graham watched the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics from his hospital room Sunday night, according to spokesman A. Larry Ross, and he ate breakfast Monday morning.

Last November, Graham was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia but his staff said his health has been good since then. Graham is working on an upcoming book.

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Posted: August 2012


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