Fruit Recall Hits Major Supermarket Chains

Costco, Walmart and Trader Joe’s are all affected

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Peaches are one of the fruits being recalled.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has stated that a recall of favorite summer fruits, such as peaches, plums, pluots and nectarines, is now in effect. Wawona Packing Co. is recalling fruits from major chains due to a potential listeria contamination.

The Cutler, Calif.-based company, which sells produce to large stores such as Costco, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and Walmart. is pulling almost three dozen brands of bulk and packaged fruits nationwide.

Any products bearing the name Wawona, Sweet 2 Eat or Harvest Sweet are being recalled; full list of the products being recalled can be found on the Wawona website. The recall is voluntary and started after internal company testing forced them to shut down potentially contaminated packing lines and sanitize the plant.

So far there have been no reported illnesses, and all subsequent tests on the factory have come up negative.

Listeria moncytogenes can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections, especially in younger children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Infections can be especially harmful for pregnant women. 

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