You might want to check your refrigerator, the FDA has issued a recall for certain fresh peaches, nectarines and plums because they could be contaminated with Listeria.
More than 3,000 cartons of the fresh fruit has been recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria. The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by a packing house which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
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.
The fresh fruits were distributed in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia through small retail establishments and the following select retail stores:
- ALDI: Nectarines, peaches, plums sold at ALDI stores in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
- Costco: Nectarines sold at California Costco stores.
- Fairway Market: Nectarines and peaches sold in New York stores
- Hannaford: Peaches sold at Hannaford stores in Maine.
- Market Basket: Nectarinws and peaches sold at Market Basket stores in Massachusetts.
- Walmart: Nectarines sold in Walmart stores in MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV and peaches sold at Walmart stores in KY, NJ, NY, OH, PA, and WV.
The peaches and nectarines are sold as a bulk retail produce item with PLU sticker (PLU# 4044, 3035, 4378) showing the country of origin of Chile. The peaches, nectarines and plums sold at ALDI are packaged in a 2-pound bag with the brand Rio Duero, EAN# 7804650090281, 7804650090298, 7804650090304. The nectarines sold at Costco are packaged in a 4-pound plastic clamshell with the brand Rio Duero, EAN# 7804650090212.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with this problem to date.
The company has ceased the distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased fresh peaches, fresh nectarines and fresh plums are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at firstname.lastname@example.org.