What to Know
- Thousands of cartons of fruit nationwide have been recalled over concerns about possible bacterial contamination
- The affected fruit was sold in places like Costco and Walmart, as well as smaller retailers; it could be contaminated with Listeria
- Listeria can develop into an infection that could be deadly for young children and people with vulnerable immune systems
Thousands of cartons of fruit sold in stores like Walmart and Aldi across 18 U.S. states have been recalled over concerns about bacterial contamination that could cause potentially deadly infections.
Jac. Vandenberg, Inc., recalled 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines and 365 cartons of fresh plums because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can develop into listeriosis, which can be deadly for young children or people with vulnerable immune systems.
Federal officials say the affected products were shipped to major supermarket chains like Walmart and Aldi and some smaller retailers 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. Click here to see identifying packaging information.
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No illnesses have been reported to date because of the issue, which was detected during routine sampling, officials said. Anyone who may have purchased the affected fruit is advised to return it for a full refund. Anyone with questions can contact the company at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
Healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.