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what to do if you purchased fruit that is in the recall

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 10:35 AM
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I did purchase fruit in this recall my Dr. is having all patients that did come in and have the blood test done so that if we got it treatment can start right away so not to casue harm to our babys.


If You Bought Fruit Recalled for Listeria, Here’s What to Do

We have received quite a few responses to the story about the recall of fruit from Sam’s Club, Costco, and Trader Joe’s stores for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. It’s difficult to hear about this story, especially if you have already consumed the fruit and fed it to your family. Here’s what to do.

Fruit Recalled for Listeria ContaminationFirst, make sure you actually bought the recalled fruit. The FDA has published the Wawona Packing List that contains all of the fruit with lot and BlockID numbers. You can also see all the pictures of the packaging and crates with the UPC numbers and product sizes at the FDA web site. If you aren’t sure if you did buy the recalled products, contact the store where you purchased the fruit; they should be able to tell you if you did buy it.

Secondly, if you ate the fruit and have experienced symptoms of listeriosis, the disease caused by Listeria bacteria, see your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or elderly. If the fruit was eaten by a child and that child is sick, get her to a doctor as soon as possible. Listeriosis is relatively uncommon, but up to 2,500 people do contract it every year in this country. For pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriage and stillbirth, so treatment is very important. There are medical tests for Listeria bacteria.

Third, if you ate the fruit and have not experienced symptoms, monitor yourself for the signs of the illness for the next 70 days. Unfortunately, that is how long it can take for the symptoms to manifest. Those symptoms are flu-like, and include fever, muscle aches, upset stomach, diarrhea, stiff neck, headache, loss of balance, and confusion. Pregnant women may only have a very mild illness, but complications can be severe. Once again, if you do feel ill see your doctor and tell her that you ate this recalled fruit.

And fourth, if you purchased the fruit, you should discard it or return it to the place of purchase. Discard it in a sealed container so animals can’t get at it; they could become carriers of the bacteria. After you have handled the fruit, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria is killed by cooking temperatures, but if you made jam with the fruit, you may want to contact an extension agent at your state’s university system for advice, or ask your doctor.

Then you need to clean your kitchen. Listeria bacteria can be destroyed with a mild bleach solution. First wash the surfaces with hot soapy water, dry them, then mix 1 teaspoon bleach in 1 quart (4 cups) of water. Let it stand for a few minutes, then pat dry with paper towels. Clean your fridge, since these bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures, your sink, cutting board, counter, reusable grocery bags, towels, cupboard knobs and handles, and any surfaces or utensils that may have come into contact with the fruit.

And finally, do not panic. You are aware of the situation and are taking control. As of this writing, no illnesses have been officially reported to public health officials. And remember that listeriosis can be treated.

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Avetay
by Gold Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Either bring it back to the store or trash it
martini8787
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Take it back to the store so that they can dispose of it.

Emily197
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 10:45 AM

we bought it in the middle of june and ate it the recall covers from June1  until July 12. during that period of tiem we purchased all of the types of fruit that they recalled from this company.

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