Listeria concerns prompt nationwide recall

July 23rd, 2014

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (July 23, 2014). – Local public health officials are warning customers of a recall of whole fruits sold at grocery store chains nationwide that was prompted by concerns of potential listeria contamination.

Wawona Packing Co. announced on July 19 it was voluntarily recalling lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, Calif. warehouses between June 1 and July 12 due to possible contamination with listeria monocytogenes. The facility was shut down and sanitized; subsequent tests have been negative for the food-borne illness.

In addition, Wegmans Food Markets Inc. has recalled several of its baked goods that contain fruit from Wawona Packing Co. This includes cakes, pies, tarts and other pastries.

Costco, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Walmart and Sam’s Club stores have all posted notices about the recalls and are urging customers who purchased the products to discard them and not consume them.

So far, no illnesses have been linked to consumption of the products. But customers who experience symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and muscle aches after consuming the products are urged to see a doctor.

Listeria monocytogenes is the bacterium that causes listeriosis, a serious infection responsible for 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths per year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common symptoms include fever and muscle aches, often preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal issues.

Pregnant women and their newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk for a more serious infection. For example, pregnant women are 10 times more likely than the general population to get listeria infection, which can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

But anyone who experiences symptoms within two months of eating contaminated food should seek medical care right away and let the physician know the foods that were consumed.

For a full list of the products included in the recall, please visit FDA.gov. For more information on listeria, go to www.allencountyhealth.com.

About Listeria

Listeriosis, a serious infection caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is the third leading cause of death from food poisoning.The CDC estimates about 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths occur each year in the United States. The disease strikes particularly hard at pregnant women and their newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. These groups account for 90 percent of listeria infections. People usually are infected from eating contaminated foods. Babies can be born with listeriosis if their mothers eat contaminated food during pregnancy.

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Contact: John Silcox, (260) 449-7395, john.silcox@allencounty.us