Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fruit recall affects Costco, Trader Joe's, Walmart stores

By Jacque Wilson, CNN

updated 12:45 PM EDT, Tue July 22, 2014

Wawona Packing Co. is recalling peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots, saying they may have been infected with Listeria.
Wawona Packing Co. is recalling peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots, saying they may have been infected with Listeria.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Costco, Trader Joe's and Walmart are notifying consumers about a fruit recall
  • Wawona Packing Co. voluntarily recalls peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots
  • Internal company testing revealed the fruit may be contaminated with Listeria
  • The fruits were packed in California warehouses between June 1 and July 12
(CNN) -- If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's or Walmart stores recently, keep reading.
Wawona Packing Co. is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California, warehouses between June 1 and July 12. Wawona believes the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Costco, Trader Joe's, and the Walmart Corp. -- which operates Walmart and Sam's Club stores, have all posted notices about the fruit recall on their websites. The recall is nationwide, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Internal testing at Wawona revealed the potential Listeria contamination, the FDA says. The facility was shut down and sanitized; subsequent tests have been negative for the food-borne illness.
"We are aware of no illnesses related to the consumption of these products," Wawona President Brent Smittcamp said in a statement. "By taking the precautionary step of recalling product, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority."

Trader Joe's has urged customers not to eat any of these stone fruits -- meaning fruits with large pits -- and to return them to a nearby store for a full refund.

In addition, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. has recalled several of its baked goods that contain fruit from Wawona Packing Co. This includes cakes, pies, tarts and other pastries. For a full list, see FDA.gov.

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