Major Nationwide Fruit Recall: What You Need to Know
by Liz Alterman
If your fruit bowl is brimming with peaches, plums, nectarines, and pluots, you may want to hold off on indulging until you read this.
Wawona Packing Co., which supplies companies such as BJ's, Costco, Trader Joe's, Sam's Club, and Whole Foods, has issued a voluntary recall of the aforementioned fruits for possible listeria contamination.
Think you may have eaten one of the fruits in question? Then watch for symptoms including nausea, high fever, headache, and abdominal pain. While listeria can be treated with antibiotics, those with weakened immune systems -- like pregnant women, children, and the elderly -- are at greater risk for developing more serious symptoms and should seek medical attention.
While no one has yet reported getting sick from eating the fruit, according to the California-based packing company, it issued a nationwide recall for the produce that was packaged and shipped between June 1 and July 12.
"We are aware of no illnesses related to the consumption of these products," Brent Smittcamp, president of Wawona Packing, said in a statement. "By taking the precautionary step of recalling the product, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority."
The company is pulling about three dozen different products bearing brand names including but not limited to Wawona, Sweet 2 Eat, and Harvest Sweet, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
If you have any questions, you can call Wawona at 1-888-232-9912 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern Time for more information about the recall.
If you believe you may have bought any of the potentially contaminated fruit, discard it immediately.
Do you think you have any of the fruit in question in your house?