ASHEVILLE NC – The Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California, recently issued a recall of certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed between June 1, 2014 through July 12,2014 due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes based on internal company testing. These type fruits are also referred to as “stone fruits” because they have large pits.
We do not have specific information regarding distribution of the recalled products in North Carolina at the moment, but based on the recall announcement, national distribution is expected. Stores where the recall has been posted include Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Whole Foods Market, and Kroger.
A person with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Almost everyone who is diagnosed with listeriosis has “invasive” infection, in which the bacteria spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract. Listeria monocytogenes is commonly found in soil and water. Animals can carry the bacterium without appearing ill and can contaminate foods of animal origin, such as meats and dairy products. Unlike most bacteria, Listeria can grow and multiply in some foods in the refrigerator. The risk of invasive listeriosis after exposure to Listeria monocytogenes is very low; although exposure is common, disease is rare.
The recall announcement along with a specific list of recalled products, dates, lots, block IDs, and pictures can be found here.