July 22, 2014 — Costco, Trader Joe’s, and other retailers are recalling peaches, nectarines, plums, and pluots (plum apricot hybrids) because they may be contaminated with Listeria, a bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning.
No illnesses have been reported to the FDA as of July 19.
Wawona Packing Co. President Brent Smittcamp stated that Wawona has not slowed production and it is unclear how the problem occurred:
“After a sample tested positive, the company shut down the implicated packing lines, retrofitted equipment, sanitized the facility and retested. Subsequent daily test results have been negative.”
The recall was issued by Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California, for tree-ripened stone fruit that was packed between June 1 and July 12, 2014. The fruit is packaged in plastic bags, cardboard boxes, and plastic clamshell containers.
Products were sold at Trader Joe’s, Costco, Wegman’s, BJ’s, and Wegman’s grocery stores. Wegman’s also recalled several in-store pastries, cakes, pies, and tarts because they may contain recalled fruit.
What Products Were Recalled?
- For a complete list of identification numbers, click here (PDF).
- To look at pictures of the recalled products, click here.
What is Listeria?
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and potentially deadly infections in young children, elderly or frail people, and others with weakened immune systems. The disease can also cause pregnant women to have a miscarriage or stillbirth. Symptoms in healthy adults typically include fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
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