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Peaches, other fruit recalled from Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Whole Foods

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

A California produce company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots sold in the past six weeks at Costco, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Walmart or Sam’s Club “due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.”

Wawona Packing Company of Cultler, Calif., issued the recall this evening, as reported by NPR and CNN.

No illnesses have been reported, and no other Wawona or retailer products are affected by the recall. The FDA has posted images of the recalled products on its website.

UPDATE: The Austin-based Whole Foods Market posted the recall on their website on Tuesday, and issued this statement:

“Wawona Packing company issued a voluntary recall on organic and conventional stone fruit, including yellow and white peaches and nectarines, plums and pluots because of possible contamination with Listeria. No illnesses have been reported, and out of an abundance of caution we pulled and destroyed that product from our shelves and customers can bring their receipt to their local store for a full refund.”

Listeria can cause “fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women,” according to the release.

“We are aware of no illnesses related to the consumption of these products” said Brent Smittcamp, President of Wawona Packing Co. ” By taking the precautionary step of recalling product, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority.”

Throw away the fruit if you have it, and if you have questions about contamination or possible consumption, you can contact Wawona Packing at 1-888-232-991 or via wawonapacking.com.