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California company issues nationwide fruit recall


Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif., is voluntarily recalling certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed between June 1 and July 12 because the products may potentially be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Wawona Packing has notified retailers, including Costco, of the specific lots being recalled. No other products are impacted by this recall and there have been no illnesses linked to the recall to date.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can lead to miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled products were shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers who resell the products. Because the Wawaona Packing Company does not know the locations of the companies that purchased the products from its direct customers, the company is issuing a nationwide recall.

For the full list of recalled items, click here.

The recall was initiated based on internal company testing. The company shut down the implicated packing lines, retrofitted equipment, sanitized the facility and retested. Subsequent daily test results have been negative.

Anyone who has the recalled products in their possession should not consume them and should discard them. Consumers with questions may contact Wawona Packing at (888) 232-9912 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit wawonapacking.com.