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Recalled fruit is a summer bummer

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Summer is the ideal time to go heavy on the fruits and veggies. Salads are so light and delicious. Who doesn’t want to sink their teeth into a plump, juicy peach on a muggy, summer afternoon?

Well, you might want to resist that urge temporarily. Wawona Packing Co. is voluntarily recalling fruit packed in its Cutler, California, warehouses between the dates of June 1 and July 12.

If you purchased peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots from Trader Joe's, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kroger, Costco, Wegman's, Ralphs, Whole Foods or Food 4 Less, it could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause listeriosis.

Symptoms of listeriosis are fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea. Those most at risk are pregnant women, infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. If you have eaten a contaminated item and feel ill, do not hesitate to call your doctor.

The recall includes fruits sold individually with “SWEET TO EAT” stickers on them, as well as 4-lb. boxes of nectarines and peaches sold exclusively at Trader Joe’s. Whole Foods is also recalling several items made in store, such as cakes, tarts, salsas, and prepared salads that might be contaminated. Wegman's bakery and packaged goods that may contain the recalled fruits are listed here.

If you have purchased contaminated produce, please throw out the items or return them for a full refund. Wawona Packaging is answering customer’s questions at 1-888-232-9912 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

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