Listeria fears prompt recall for fruit sold at Trader Joe's, Costco

Packaging containing fruit recalled by California-based Wawona Packing Company over Listeria concerns.

California-based Wawona Packing Company has issued a nationwide recall for some fruit commonly sold at popular wholesalers and retailers including Costco and Trader Joe's.

Wawona Packing, located in Cutler, California, is voluntarily recalling certain lots of whole peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots packed between June 1 and July 12 because the produce could be contaminated with Listeria.

The bacteria can cause serious, potentially-fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, and can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms including high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea.

Consumers should throw out any recalled fruit. Those with questions are urged to call Wawona Packing at 888-232-9912.

For photos of affected products, including additional details, please click here.

In a news release, company president Brent Smittcamp is quoted as having said, "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."

No other products are impacted by the recall.

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