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Listeria found in stone fruits prompts urgent recall

Microscopic view of a sample of the listeria bacterium
CDC/Dr. Balasubr Swaminathan; Peggy Hayes (PHIL #2286), 2002/Wikimedia.com (Public Domain)

Put down that peach, or the juicy plum, nectarine or pluot you just brought home from either Trader Joe’s, Costco, Kroger (and its affiliates such as Food 4 Less) or Walmart—it may contain the potentially lethal bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. Same goes for the baked goods from the Wegmans chain that has fruit in it that comes from Wawona Packing Company, based in Cutler, CA. Toss the whole bunch out or return it to the place where you purchased the aforementioned foods. Listeria is something you really don’t want to mess with. See the following link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405943.htm

The symptoms of this form of food poisoning include fever, headache, muscle stiffness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Depending on the victim’s immune system and basic health such problems can range from mild to deadly. Infants, the elderly and those with weak resistance such as those undergoing cancer treatment, or with HIV/AIDS or other chronic health conditions may succumb to this organism. Women who are pregnant are liable to miscarry or have a stillborn child. Anyone suspecting they have ingested listeria is urged to seek immediate emergency treatment.

Listeriosis (the condition of being infected by this bacterium) can be spread by a variety of means. The organism is found in soil, water, the unpasteurized milk of infected animals, and produce contaminated by water which has listeria in it. The disease can travel through the spinal cord to the brain, where it may produce a form of meningoencephalitis. In other areas of the body, it can result in lesions. Usually symptoms involve flu-like characteristics, thus may be misdiagnosed easily. Many allopathic physicians tend to label anything resulting in fever, diarrhea and stomach distress as influenza. Listeriosis generally takes anywhere from a few days to seventy to incubate. If you decide to seek treatment, be aware of one thing: most hospitals or clinics will use penicillin-based antibiotics. If you are allergic to penicillin or any molds, immediately notify the doctor or other staff from the start to avoid being given this drug.

The contaminated products being recalled were packed by Wawona from June 1 to July 12 of this year. Although company officials state they have no knowledge of cases of illness reported as of yet, they are voluntarily recalling the fruits to be safe, having found the bacteria onsite. A cleanup of the premises has been undertaken as of this discovery.

To learn more about the recall, customers may contact the packing company at www.wawonapacking.com. A link exists as well for information concerning the products being recalled: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Safety/Recalls/UCM405955.pdf