July 29, 2014 — Whole Foods, Publix Super Markets Inc., and Kroger Co. have recalled stone fruits (such as peaches, plums, and nectarines) due to the risk of food poisoning.
The recall includes some made-in-store foods that were sold between June 1 and July 21. The affected items include cakes, tarts, salsas, and prepared salads that were sold in all states where Whole Foods Market stores are located, except in Florida, Washington, and Oregon.
The recalled products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause food poisoning. No illnesses have been reported.
Earlier this month, similar recalls were issued from Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart. All of the products were distributed by Wawona Packing Co., which is based in Cutler, California. Internal testing at the company detected Listeria. The facility was temporarily shut down and sanitized. Click here to read more.
Unfortunately, the FDA warns that it does not know exactly where the recalled products were sold:
“The recalled products were shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers who resell the products. Because we do not know the locations of the companies that purchased the products from our direct customers, the company is issuing a nationwide recall.”
Listeria can cause severe and sometimes fatal infections — especially in children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Pregnant women can suffer a miscarriage or stillbirth. Healthy adults may experience symptoms like fever, severe headache, stiffness, confusion, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1,600 people are infected with listeriosis every year, and 260 deaths occur annually in the United States.
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