Have you purchased stone fruit—peaches, plums, nectarines, or pluots—recently? If so, check to make sure they are not part of a recent nation-wide recall of Listeria-contaminated fruit!
On June 19, 2014, the Wawonda Packing Company of Cutler, California, voluntarily recalled some of its conventional and organic varieties of yellow peaches and nectarines, white peaches and nectarines, black plums, and pluots. The recalled fruit, potentially contaminated with Listeria, one of the deadliest foodborne pathogens, was packaged between June 1-12 and sold to retailers and wholesalers, who have resold the products nationwide under multiple brand names.
Stores that may be selling these fruits in the U.S. include Aldi, Big Y Foods, BJ’s Wholesale, Costco, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Fry’s, Giant Food Stores, Hannafords, King Soopers, Krogers, Martins, Ralphs, Sam’s Club, Save-a-Lot, Stop & Shop, Trader Joes, Walmart, Wegmans, and Whole Foods.
In Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a recall on July 21 for fruits sold under the Wawona, Sweet 2 Eat, or Harvest Sweet brand names.
Listeria is a bacterium that can cause the life-threatening illness Listeriosis. Healthy consumers generally do not get ill, or experience only mild symptoms. Pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with weakened immune systems are most at risk of severe illness. Of those it sickens, 94 percent require hospitalization and 16 percent die from it, making it one of the most hazardous foodborne illnesses. Symptoms of infection include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. Pregnant women can experience miscarriage.
If you believe you have been exposed to Listeria and experience any of these symptoms, contact a physician immediately. Symptoms of Listeriosis may begin two to four weeks after consumption of Listeria-contaminated foods. Symptoms usually last 5-10 days, but complications are common. A severe headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions can be symptoms of life-threatening neurological complications that require immediate attention from a physician.
Recalled fruit should not be eaten. If you have recalled fruit in your home, return it to the store for a refund, or dispose of it—remember, when in doubt, throw it out! If you are uncertain if your fruit is part of the recall, call your local grocery store to see if their products were affected. Further information on recalled products is available from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Canada Food Inspection Agency, and from Wawonda Packing Company.
Links to important information about the recall:
- FDA’s recall notice
- Wawona Packing Company’s website
- Photos of recalled products
- Recalled Product Photos Are Also Available on FDA’s Flickr Photostream
- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recall notice
If you have questions about a product, you can call the Wawonda Packing Company at 1-888-232-9912.