Beware of Apples Contaminated by Dangerous Bacteria

Jakarta (2/10/2015) – Apple is one of the fruits that is very well known to people of Indonesia. In Indonesia, there are several types of apples in the market. There are apples of local species such as Malang apples and apple imports. Imported apples are also vary, some from Japan, China, Thailand, and the United States. Local and imported apples are also readily available as it is available in the market, fruit shops, super markets and street vendors. Apples contain a variety of nutrients and vitamins that are good for health. However, it’s needed to watch the apples contaminated with bacteria that are harmful to human health.

More recently, it has been found the apples which are contaminated with bacteria Listeria monocytogenes on the type of apples from the United States type of Granny Smith and Gala. In the United States, 26 people were taken to hospital and five people died as a result of these bacteria. In fact, the Listeria bacterium has infected 10 American states.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that is less familiar to the public than the E. Coliatau Samonella. Based on research, listeria bacteria are more dangerous than E. Coliatau Salmonella. Listeria bacterium is found in soil, water and manure. Listeria can invade raw vegetables, meat, unpasteurized milk and processed foods such as sauces, cheese, and meat at the grocery store. Dangerous complication of listeriosis is meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain). Listeria can cause fever, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea. Symptoms of the disease usually begin within a few days to a few months after consuming a contaminated product.

Indonesia Rapid Alert Systems for Food and Feed has warned the government to withdraw these two types of apples, followed on January 6, 2015 the results of testing in the United States against the rally showed contamination with listeria monocytogenes. The Government of Indonesia has withdrawn the circulation of Granny Smith and Gala apples coded ca933312, and increase vigilance related to the possibility of Granny Smith and Gala apples circulation throughout the territory of Indonesia. Including those entering through Malaysia and Singapore. The prevention attempt is also supported by US Embassy in Indonesia.

Indonesian society should be more vigilant and careful in choosing and consuming fruit for the necessities of life. It would be wiser if we prioritize to eat healthy local fruit that has been authorized by The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM).