If you've purchased any nectarines, plums, or peaches from Walmart, Costo or Aldi lately, you should know a multi-state recall has been initiated because of a possible listeria contamination, the FDA announced last week.
Fruit sold by Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. of Yonkers, New York that is being recalled includes 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums.
The FDA says the recall was initiated after a routine sampling revealed the listeria bacteria was present in the products.
You can find out if your fruit has been recalled by looking at the PLU sticker. Peaches and nectarines sold as a bulk retail produce item # of 4044, 3035, 4378, showing the country of origin as Chile.
Aldi: Peaches, nectarines, and plums were sold in 2-lb packages with the brand Rio Duero, EAN# 7804650090281, 7804650090298, 7804650090304. The contaminated fruit was reportedly sold in North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Costco: Nectarines were sold in a 4-lb plastic clamshell under the brand Rio Duero, EAN# 7804650090212 in California Costco stores.
Walmart: Nectarines and peaches were sold in Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
Customers who purchased the contaminated fruit are being urged to throw it out, or bring it back to the place of purchase for a refund.
Listeria can cause sometimes serious, even fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others who might have a weakened immune system. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms that include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea according to the FDA.
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