The recall of fruits like peaches, plums, plots and nectarines has been expanded by a national produce distribution company across the United States amid threat of potential listeriosis contamination.
Wawona Packing Company had initially recalled 16,345 pounds of plums, pluots white and yellow nectarines and whole white and yellow peaches on July 19. All the recalled fruits were shipped between June 1 and July 12 from warehouses in Cutler, California.
According to the company, it had voluntarily expanded the recalling of contaminated fruits on Thursday in order to include the same items that were packed at the Cutler facility between June 1 and July 17 so that it could identify the source of listeria monocytogenes.
“The recalled products include the following brands marketed to consumers: Sweet 2 Eat, Sweet 2 Eat Organic, Mrs. Smittcamp’s, and are also packed in private labels. Anyone who has the recalled products in their possession should not consume them and should discard them,” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a press release.
The recalled fruits were also shipped to small businesses, regional food chains and national grocers including Walmart, Trader Joes, Costco and Wegmans.
Listeriosis is a dangerous infection in which the patient suffers spread of the bacteria beyond the gastrointestinal tract.
Some of the common symptoms include headache, loss of balance, confusion, stiff neck, fever and body aches, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Kids and pregnant women are at higher risk. Preggy moms suffer from symptoms like fever, fatigue and aches. The infection during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery, stillbirth or life-threatening infection to the newborn.