The Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert to consumers in several states that some of the fresh fruit they bought recently could be contaminated with a deadly microbe. People who have these items in their homes are strongly urged to return them to the place of purchase and, above all, DO NOT EAT!
The recall involves fresh peaches, nectarines, and plums sold at numerous retailers throughout the country. The identified produce is at risk for containing Listeria monocytogenes.
“Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. of Yonkers, New York is recalling 1,727 cartons of Fresh Peaches, 1,207 cartons of Fresh Nectarines and 365 cartons of Fresh Plums because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes 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."
If you purchased peaches, plums, or nectarines at one of the following locations, you are warned to check the product information to see if you’re at risk:
1. Aldi in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia. The store sold nectarines, peaches, and plums.
2. Costco in California sold nectarines.
3. Fairway Market in New York sold nectarines and peaches.
4. Hannaford in Maine sold peaches.
5. Market Basket in Massachusetts sold nectarines and peaches.
6. Walmart sold nectarines in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The store sold peaches in Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Not all produce sold at these grocery stores is affected. Only the fruits with the following product codes are included in the recall:
The peaches and nectarines were sold as bulk produce with the PLU sticker 4044, 3035 or 4378 with Chile as the country of origin.
At Aldi, the fruit was sold in a two- pound bag under the brand of Rio Duero with EAN numbers 7804650090281, 7804650090298, 7804650090304.
Costco sold the nectarines four-pound plastic clamshells under the Rio Duero brand with an EAN number 7804650090212.
Please look over this information carefully and if you find you have some of the at-risk fruit, you should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
In addition, many consumers who have questions are welcomed to email the company at firstname.lastname@example.org.