Most of us love fresh fruit on warm summer days. But if you’ve bought yours in bulk from stores such as Trader Joe’s and Costco, it may be contaminated with something called listera.
California based Wawona Packing Co. recently issued a voluntary recall of its fresh nectarines, peaches, plums and pluots because of the possibility that they may be contaminated with the infection, listeria. The recall includes white and yellow varieties of nectarines and peaches.
You’ve most likely heard about recalls due to possible E. coli contamination, but you may not have heard about foods contaminated with listeria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eating foods contaminated with it can lead to a serious infection known as listeriosis. Symptoms of listerios can include muscle aches, fever, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Listeriosis is especially dangerous for pregnant women because infections during pregnancy can lead to complications like stillbirth, miscarriage,premature delivery and meningitis in newborns.
Those most at risk for listeriosis are pregnant women, older adults and people with weakened immune systems. The CDC estimates 1,600 people get sick from listeria yearly and of those, 260 die.
Thankfully, so far, no illnesses associated with these products have been reported and Wawona is circulating the recall as a precaution.
The recall came after the examination of Wawona facilities and the potentially contaminated fruit which was packed and shipped between the dates of June 1 and July 12.
The fruit was sold in bulk in stores including Costco, BJ’s, Wholesale Club, Trader Joe’s, and Sam’s Club and was at times packaged with the brand name “Sweet 2 Eat.” You can view pictures of the affected packaging on the FDA’s website and examine the list of all potentially contaminated Wawona products by lot number.
This recall affects more than fresh fruit: The grocery chain, Wegman’s, has recalled baked goods made in store that contain fruit from Wawona, including fruit tarts and cakes.
If you purchased fruit or baked goods affected by the recall, you need to throw it out or return it to the store for a full refund. Wawona has already asked stores to remove the products from their shelves.
Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.