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Fruit recall: Markets pull summer fruits due to listeria concerns

Markets pull recalled stone fruits supplied by the Wawona Packing Company due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.
Markets pull recalled stone fruits supplied by the Wawona Packing Company due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.
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The Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. has recalled their store’s variety of fruit dessert line on Monday. Bakery desserts that may contain fresh peaches, nectarines and plums were supplied by produce that was recalled by the Wawona Packing Company due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, according to CBS News reports.

Following a public announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning a list of some of the locations where the affected stone fruits may have been distributed to, Wegman’s decision to subsequently recall their in-store line of fruit desserts was announced the following day.

The Cutler, California based produce plant recalled the varieties of fruit – a decision based on internal company testing – to certain lots of whole peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed from June 1 through July 12, 2014.

Wawona Packing provides organic and non-organic white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines and black plums. Since the locations are currently unknown as to where the recalled Sweet 2 Eat products were distributed to, the FDA stressed their announcement to alert all retailers and wholesalers nationwide.

According to the FDA, “Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”

The destination as to the locations where some of the possible tainted produce were distributed to, were confirmed to include, Wegmans Food Markets, BJ’s Wholesale, Costco, Sam’s Club and Trader Joe’s; view the FDA website here to find out the full product list affected in this recall.

The Wawona plant has taken measures to ensure the public’s health by having their facility fully sanitized and retested for safe continued operation, the FDA’s recall had noted.

No illnesses have been reported as a result of this recall to date.

Consumers who have patronized at Wegmans that may have purchased any of the affected stone fruits, have any questions concerning this recall, may contact Wegmans consumer affairs department toll free at 1-855-934-3663, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET.

For all consumers with further questions may contact Wawona Packing toll free at 1-888-232-9912, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET or visit their website for a copy of their press release to view the full list concerning this recall.