A massive Trader Joe’s recall has been issued for a variety of fruit sold at Costco, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, And Walmart stores, due to serious concerns that the produce may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The chain has posted notices on its website regarding the voluntary fruit recall, which affects peaches, nectarines, plums, and pluots packed by the Wawona Packing Co. at its Cutler, California, warehouses between June 1 and July 12. The fruit recall has been issued across the U.S., according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
If the sticker on the fruit package reads “SWEET 2 EAT,” it should be avoided and returned to the place where it was purchased.
The Trader Joe’s recall comes after internal testing, carried out at Wawona, revealed the potential Listeria contamination. The plant was immediately shut down and sanitized after the discovery.
Wawona President Brent Smittcamp said in a statement: “We are aware of no illnesses related to the consumption of these products. By taking the precautionary step of recalling product, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority.”
Trader Joe’s has asked its customers not to consume any stone fruits with large pits and to return them as soon as possible for a full refund.
The recall also affects several baked goods, produced by Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., that contain fruit from Wawona Packing Co. This includes cakes, pies, tarts, and other pastries.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can potentially lead to Listeriosis. In medical terms Listeriosis is no joke as it causes serious stomach issues such as diarrhea, as well as fever and muscle aches. It is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, infants, older adults, and people with a weakened immune system.
Roughly 260 deaths per year in America are caused by Listeriosis, not to mention over 1,600 cases of illnesses relating to the bacteria annually.