As is being reported today, July 21, 2014, in the San Francisco Chronicle, there is a national fresh fruit recall being issued. This recall is for "stone fruits," including peaches, nectarines, plums and plucots, which were packed by the Wawona Packing Company located in Cutler California.
According to the recall bulletin, these fruits have tested positive for listeria, an organism that's particularly dangerous to young children and frail and elderly people. The recalled products were shipped to various large retailers including Trader Joe's, Sam's Club and Costco. Because Wawona does not know which stores received the fruits, the company issued a nationwide recall.
According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there have been no reported illnesses and the recall is being issued strictly as a precautionary measure. The recall is for the above mentioned products which were packed between June 1 and July 12, which means the products are still on the shelves of markets who receive product from Wawona Packing Company either directly or through a distributor.
Symptoms of listeria include high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The disease is also associated with miscarriage among pregnant women.
The pathogen was discovered during internal company testing at the plant. The company said it shut down the affected packing lines and sanitized the facility. Subsequent testing showed no signs of the bacterium.
Consumers with questions may call (888) 232-9912. For more information, including recalled lot numbers and packaging photos, visit: http://www.wawonapacking.com.