More than 3,000 fruit boxes are being recalled in the United States because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (a potentially deadly bacterium), this was announced Friday by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The food company Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. must withdraw 1,727 boxes of peaches, 1,207 boxes of nectarines and 365 of plums. The move will affect six major retailers: Walmart, Cost, ALDI, Market Basket, Fairway Market and Hannaford. These stores sold at least one of the contaminated products and, in the case of ALDI, all three.
According to a press release posted on the FDA's official website, the alert was issued in the following states and cities: Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia. In total, there are 18 affected areas.
The withdrawal of fruit from the market is a preventive measure taken by the company Vandenber after routine sampling it was found that the indicated products contained the bacteria. The product has been discontinued and the cause of the problem is being investigated.
The FDA recommends consumers who purchased any of these products at designated supermarkets, return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. In addition, anyone with any questions may contact the distributor at the following e-mail address: [email protected]
Peaches and nectarines is a wholesale product, sold in bulk under the PLU label (PLU # 4044, 3035, 4378) and shows Chile as the country of origin.
Nectarines, peaches and plums that are sold in ALDI, are packed in a 2-pound bag bearing the Rio Duero brand, reference number 7804650090281, 7804650090298 and 7804650090304.
On the other hand, nectarines sold Costco is packaged in a 4 pound plastic cover bearing the River Douro brandReference number EAN # 7804650090212.
Listeria infections are caused by bacteria in raw foods, processed or made from unpasteurized milk. It can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly, with serious diseases or fragile immune systems. Sometimes the infection can also cause abortions and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Common symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, so far there have been no cases of people contaminated.