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Stone fruit recall: More stores added due to listeria concerns

Whole Foods Market, Ralph’s and Food 4 Less have also been added to the nationwide fruit recall.
Whole Foods Market, Ralph’s and Food 4 Less have also been added to the nationwide fruit recall. srobinson

Four more stores have been added to the stone fruit recall this Thursday. Whole Foods Market, Ralph’s and Food 4 Less have also been added to the nationwide fruit recall, according to CNN reports. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the initial recall of stone fruit due to listeria concerns on July 19.

The FDA announced the July 19 public recall – Wegmans Food Markets, Costco, Sam’s Club, and Trader Joe’s were the only stores listed – due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes by the Wawona Packing Company. The FDA has expanded their initial list of stores to now include Whole Foods Market with a specific list of products that were made using the affected fruits.

The expanded FDA recall announcement listing all of the products that were processed by Whole Foods using the possible tainted fruits recalled can be viewed here.

The Cutler, California based produce plant made their decision to recall varieties of Sweet 2 Eat fruits based on an internal company testing that tested positive to the presence of listeria; certain lots of whole peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed from June 1 through July 12, 2014, were subsequently pulled from the market.

A total of seven retail stores have been identified to be linked to the affected Sweet 2 Eat products; they were distributed to retailers and wholesalers nationwide.

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

Customers who have purchased the recalled fruits from Whole Foods Market may request a full refund by presenting their store receipt back to the place where they were purchased. Consumers with any questions may call 512-477-5566, ext. 20060, Monday – Friday, between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET.

Consumers who have patronized at Wegmans that may have purchased any of the stone fruits may also 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.