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Peaches, nectarines, plums sold at Trader Joe's, Costco recalled over listeria concerns

Jul 23, 2014 02:40 PM EDT | By Staff Reporter
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Trader Joe's, Costco, Foods 4 Less and Ralphs are among the grocery stores pulling peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots.

Wawona Packing Co. in Cutler, Calif., has recalled specific lots of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots. The products were packaged between June 1 and July 12. A full list of the products can be found online

Wawona Packaging said it wasn't aware of any illnesses associated with the recall as of the notice July 19. Nonetheless, the company asked retailers and wholesalers to remove the fruits from sale.

"We are aware of no illnesses related to the consumption of these products," Wawona President Brent Smittcamp said in a statement. "By taking the precautionary step of recalling product, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority."

Stickers on individual fruit have the Sweet 2 Eat brand name, and there are 45 packaging variations for the fruits involved.

The federal agency says the recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased. 

Trader Joe's has urged customers not to eat any of these stone fruits -- meaning fruits with large pits -- and to return them to a nearby store for a full refund.

The CDC estimates about 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths are caused by Listeriosis each year in the United States. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.

 Listeria can cause flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, nausea and diarrhea and may be deadly to children and the elderly.

Wawona Packing Co. shut down and cleaned their facilities after it discovered the contamination, and new tests are negative for any bacteria.

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