Wawona fruit recall expands, includes fruit sold at Trader Joe's and Sam's

CUTLER, Calif. - A fruit packing plant is expanding its recall of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Wawona Packing Company of California initially recalled certain lots packed between June 1, 2014 through July 12, 2014.

Now the recall is being expanded to cover all products packed in the Wawona Packing Co. facility from June 1, 2014 through July 17, 2014.

No illnesses have been linked to this recall so far.

The recalled products include the following brands:

  • Trader Joe's
  • Sam's
  • Sweet 2 Eat
  • Sweet 2 Eat Organic
  • Mrs. Smittcamp’s
  • And private labels.

These brands will be on the boxes or on the stickers placed on individual fruit.

Anyone with recalled products should throw them away. If you'd like reimbursement, return the fruit to the store it was purchased from.

If you have questions, call Wawona Packing’s consumer information desk at 1-888-232-9912, M-F, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. EST or Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EST.

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.

The recall was initiated based on internal company testing. The company said it shut down the implicated packing lines, retrofitted equipment, sanitized the facility and retested.

"Our packing lines in the Cutler, California facility will not reopen until we know, in consultation with experts, that they are safe," officials said.

Photos of the recalled products can be viewed on the FDA's website: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407605.htm

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