Yummy peach! (Photo credit: skyseeker)
Summer barbecues and picnics are often made sweeter with stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, and plums. This year, eating these fruits may leave you feeling pretty awful unless you’re certain they didn’t come from Wawona Packing Co. A supplier to Costco, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Walmart, which also operates Sam’s Club stores, Ralphs, and Food 4 Less, Wawona is voluntarily recalling these fruits nationwide, as well as pluots, that were packed at its Cutler, California, warehouses between June 1 and July 12 due to potential Listeria contamination discovered during internal testing. Consumers should avoid fruit with a sticker that says, ‘SWEET 2 EAT,’ reported CNN.
Listeria was last the focus of media attention in 2011, when infected cantaloupes from Colorado caused 147 people to become ill and claimed the lives of nearly 36 others. Caused by food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, Listeriosis presents with flu-like symptoms, such as fever, muscle aches, and diarrhea. Those with weakened immune systems, the elderly, infants, and pregnant women are susceptible to acute infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that listeriosis causes 260 fatalities and 1600 illnesses each year in the United States.
Consumers who believe they’ve ingested recalled fruit and are feeling sick are urged to seek immediate medical attention.
Those with questions concerning the recall may contact Wawona Packing at 888-232-9912 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays or visit the company’s website.
Have you bought stone fruit yet this summer?
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