California Firm Issues Nationwide Fruit Recall

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By Associated Press

CUTLER, Calif. (AP) - A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
 
Wawona Packing says on its website that no illnesses have been reported and the recall is a precautionary measure.
 
The company said the recalled fruit was packed and shipped to retailers from June 1 through July 12.
 
Retailers that received the fruit include Kroger, Walmart, Sam's Club, Costco and Trader Joe's.
 
The recall came after internal testing at the packing house in Tulare County.
 
Officials say they shut down the lines, retrofitted some equipment and sanitized the facility. Subsequent tests have been negative.

Anybody who has the recalled fruit should discard it, the company said, adding that it wasn't known where the contamination originated. The recalled fruit was shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers, who resell the products. The company issued the recall because it doesn't know all of the companies that bought fruit from its wholesalers.

More information including lot codes, labels and pictures to identify the possibly contaminated fruit, is at Wawona's website, http://www.wawonapacking.com . Consumers can also call 888-232-9912.

Listeria can cause serious illness and even death for sensitive groups, such as children, the frail and the elderly. Healthy people may suffer flu-like symptoms, such as high fever, headache, nausea and diarrhea. It can cause miscarriage and stillbirth for pregnant women, the company warned.

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