Oregon Freeze Dry has issued a voluntary recall of a specific batch of Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit, item number 527069, as a precaution against possible salmonella contamination. Costco should have already contacted you by phone and/or email if you purchased any of the affected fruit. The voluntary recall began on March 8, 2014 and involved 59,780 boxes of the Real Sliced Fruit.
The packages of recalled Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit were distributed to Costco stores in the following locations: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico.
You can determine if you have a box that is part of the recall by checking the “Best Before” date on the package. If you have any of the KS Real Sliced Fruit marked: Best Before Date: FEB142015 – MAR112015, then you should return it to your local Costco store for a refund. And definitely don’t eat it!
No illnesses have been reported or associated with the fruit so far, so this is really just a precautionary recall. However, salmonella is nothing to mess around with. This is definitely a case of better safe than sorry. Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
For more information:
- Food Safety News: Kirkland Signature Sliced Fruit Recalled From Costco for Potential Salmonella
- Costco.com: Recalls: Safety Recall – KS Freeze Dried Fruit Recall–item # 527069