Today’s Listeria Scare Update

Wawona Packing Company, a fruit packing company based in California has issued a widespread recall of its fruit due to the possible of contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. The infection caused by this bacteria, Listeria, can affect people of all ages, but is especially dangerous for older adults, pregnant women, young children, and individuals with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include,

  • Short term fever
  • Severe headache
  • Stiffness
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea

The contaminated produce include white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots (as a group known as “stone fruits”), packed between June 1 and July 12. While there have been no illnesses linked to the fruit, the company is taking no chances. According to Brent Smittcamp, president of Wawona Packing Co.,

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.”

To date, the recall list includes fruit sold at,

  • Trader Joe’s
  • Costco
  • Wegman’s
  • Food 4 Less
  • Foods Co.
  • Ralphs

The recall includes baked goods made using the recalled fruit, for which Ralphs and Food 4 Less have provided an online list of products. The packing company asks consumers to check the packages of fruit bought at the stores affected by the recall for ensure they were not assembled during the described time period. If found, simply throw away the fruit.

Wawona Packing Co. urges consumers with questions to contact them at 1-888-232-9912. To read the most recent recall release, updated July 22, and to view photos of the recall items click here.

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Olivia is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Economics and History, minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. She also has experience working with federal legislatures on health care policy, women's issues, and Internet safety.


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