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Trader Joe's Recall: Listeria Fruit Scare Is the Pits for Retailers

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By    |   Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 07:51 AM

Trader Joe's, Costco and several other retailers and wholesalers grappled with a nationwide recall by a California company of specific lots of its pitted fruit, including fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots, over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

Wawona Packing said on its website that no illnesses have been reported and the recall is a precautionary measure, according to The Associated Press.

The company is pulling about three dozen brand products of bulk and packaged fruit nationwide, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement on Monday. The recalled products were packed and shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers from June 1 through July 12., reported Reuters.

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Retail cartons may have the brand names Wawona, Sweet 2 Eat or Harvest Sweet, it said.

The recall came after internal testing at the packing house in Tulare County.

Officials side they shut down the lines, retrofitted some equipment and sanitized the facility. Subsequent tests have been negative.

Clovis-based Wawona Frozen Foods is a separate company and is not involved in the voluntary recall.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause infections resulting in severe headache, stiffness, nausea, and abdominal pain in healthy adults, and can prove fatal to small children, the elderly, or others with weakened immune systems.

Specific item names, pictures, UPC codes, and more identifying information are available to customers on a special recall page on Wawona's website.
 
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Trader Joe's, Costco and several other retailers and wholesalers grappled with a nationwide recall by a California company of specific lots of its pitted fruit, including fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots, over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
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