Hold up, if you plan to make a fruit salad or enjoy a piece of fruit for lunch today, check to make sure it's not part of a this recall. There's a massive recall including peaches, plums and nectarines.
Wawona Packing Co. issued a voluntary Tuesday recall for tree-ripened fruit that was packed on June 1, 2014 through July 12, 2014 and then shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers who resell the products. Those retailers include, Sam's, Costco, Trader Joe's, Kroger and Wegmans.
The problem with the fruit is that it might contain the bacteria listeria. The CDC says the bacteria can cause illnesses primarily in older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected. The risk may be reduced by recommendations for safe food preparation, consumption, and storage. Washing and properly handling food is the best way to avoid listeria contamination, however it can't be completely avoided and when there is a possible contamination on a food product it is best to just not eat it.
There have been several recalls involving listeria, some have caused deaths. In February there was a listeria outbreak from contaminated cheese. One person died and many were sickened from the contaminated cheese.
It's important that pregnant women are aware of the risks of listeria and how it can harm their baby. According to the CDC an estimated 1,700 people become very ill every year in the U.S. and among these, 260 will die. Although the CDC states that pregnant women are 20 times more likely to become infected than non-pregnant healthy adults, the number of cases of listeriosis in pregnant women is about 17-percent.
For a full list of the recalled fruit go to the FDA's website here.