Fruit recall affects Costco, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Kroger stores

Fruit and Vegetable Produce

(CNN) — If you’ve picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe’s, Kroger or Walmart stores recently, keep reading.

Wawona Packing Co. is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California, warehouses between June 1 and July 12. Wawona believes the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Costco, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and the Walmart Corp. — which operates Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, have all posted notices about the fruit recall on their websites. The recall is nationwide, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

To read recall information from Kroger, click here.

To read recall information from Walmart, click here.

To read recall information from Costco, click here.

Internal testing at Wawona revealed the potential Listeria contamination, the FDA says. The facility was shut down and sanitized; subsequent tests have been negative for the food-borne illness.

“We are aware of no illnesses related to the consumption of these products,” Wawona President Brent Smittcamp said in a statement. “By taking the precautionary step of recalling product, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority.”

Trader Joe’s has urged customers not to eat any of these stone fruits — meaning fruits with large pits — and to return them to a nearby store for a full refund.

In addition, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. has recalled several of its baked goods that contain fruit from Wawona Packing Co. This includes cakes, pies, tarts and other pastries. For a full list, see FDA.gov.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause Listeriosis. The most common symptoms of Listeriosis are gastrointestinal issues (such as diarrhea), fever and muscle aches. Pregnant women, infants, older adults and people with a weakened immune system are particularly at risk for a more serious infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC estimates about 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths are caused by Listeriosis each year in the United States. Overall, outbreaks have been on the decline since 2001, but the largest in U.S. history occurred in 2011. Cantaloupes from a farm in Colorado sickened 147 people and killed nearly three dozen. The farmers responsible recently were sentenced to five years’ probation, including six months of in-home detention.

1 Comment

  • Cyndi

    Seems this notice is rather late coming out-if u had not any uneaten fruit from June 1 it would be rotten by now! And there is no info as to what u should do if u think u have eaten some of the infected fruit, According to Wikopedia “Almost everyone who is diagnosed with listeriosis has invasive infection (meaning that the bacteria spread from their intestines to their blood stream or other body sites). ***Disease may occur as much as two months after eating contaminated food.***” I bought and ate plums (both red and black) from Kroger several times during that time period, (since they were long ago consumed I have no idea what sticker was on the fruit!)— and subsequently had otherwise unexplained cause for symptoms I experienced, and were as described associated with this issue, and I am in one of the high risk groups. Should I be concerned? Aren’t there more specifics as to WHICH Kroger stores carried these?

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