Wawona Packing, a central California produce company, alerted several stores across the US to a voluntary recall of specific lots of peaches, plums, nectarines, and pluots. The recall was triggered by internal testing that determined there could be possible listeria contamination. To date no one has become ill from the fruit. After the positive test, the company shut down the contaminated line and sanitized it thoroughly. They have conducted daily follow up tests which have all been negative for listeria.
The recalled fruit consists of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums, and pluots packed between June 1, 2014 through July 12, 2014 with the stores being informed about the recall on Saturday, July 19. The stores affected by the recall include not only Costco but Fred Meyer, Trader Joe’s, and Sam’s Club.
If you have additional questions regarding the recall, you can call Wawona Packing at 1.888.232.9912, Monday to Friday, 8 am to 11 pm ET, or visit www.wawonapacking.com for a copy of the press release. The website has a searchable list of product codes that are part of the recall, they have also posted images of all of the recalled products at the various stores.
If you have any produce that you are unsure of, definitely check it against the photos and information on the company’s website before consuming. If you find out that you have purchased the recalled fruit, DO NOT eat it, return it to the store where you purchased it for a refund.
Listeria can be bad news for anyone that has a compromised immune system, including the very young, the very old, or those that are pregnant, causing serious and sometimes fatal infections. Pregnant women should be especially cautious as listeria infections can be passed on to the fetus even when the mother shows no symptoms. In utero infections have been known to cause premature delivery and can result in serious health complications for a newborn, miscarriage or stillbirth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A healthy person will usually experience short-term symptoms that include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
For more information:
- Wawona Packing Company: Recall Notice, Photos, Recall FAQ, Product Codes
- SFGate: Packer recalls stone fruit from Trader Joe’s, Costco, others
- Idaho Statesman: Trader Joe’s, Costco, Fred Meyer subject to nationwide fruit recall