Contaminated Fruit Recalled for Listeria
A California produce packer, Wawona Packing Co has undertaken a voluntary big fruit recall of produce that was packed at their Cutler, California plant during the first 12 days of June. The recall is being conducted out of concern about possible Listeria contamination.
The recall covers a wide variety of stone fruits, which are called that because of the large pits inside the fruit. The varieties being recalled include yellow and white varieties of nectarines and peaches, black plums and plumcos, which are a plum/apricot hybrid. The recall covers both conventional and organic varieties.
The company initiated the recall based on its own internal testing. According to a company statement, Wawona Packing shut down the packing lines where the possibly contaminated fruit came from, then they retrofitted the equipment and sanitized the facility. Since then, they have retested daily, with all test results coming up negative.
Wawona Packing has already notified business customers and have removed all recalled product from stores, including Sam’s Club, Costco, Trader Joe’s and Wegman’s. In addition, Wegman’s, which has stores in six eastern states, also decided to recall some of its in-store baked goods, including cakes, pies, tarts and other pastries which were made and sold from June 1-20 because they may have been baked with fresh peaches, nectarines and plums subject to recall.
Despite the fact that Listeria contamination will cause most healthy adults may to only suffer relatively minor short-term symptoms like fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, and diarrhea, in some cases, it can lead to Listeriosis, a serious and occasionally fatal disease that is most dangerous for elderly people, people with compromised immune systems and very young children. The people at most risk, in many ways are pregnant women, because Listeria infection can result in miscarriages and stillborn babies. In many cases, the newborn baby could be born with Listeriosis.
Consumers who may have purchased these products should either throw them away or return them to the store for a full refund. Wegman’s customers who bought the recalled baked goods between June 1 and July 20 should throw out the product and visit the service desk for a full refund.
If you or a loved one has become ill or died, or they have suffered pregnancy difficulties, and you or they believe it’s because of a contaminated food product, please contact the Texas Food Contamination Injury Lawyer at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible to protect your rights.