Wawona Packing Company in California has recalled fruit sold at Costco, Sam's Clubs, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Ralphs and Food 4 Less locations nationwide. Peaches, nectarines and other fruits packaged between the beginning of June and July 12 may be by Listeria monocytogenes. Exposure to the bacteria could cause , a very serious infection that causes fever, muscle aches and fatigue. For the elderly and pregnant women, consumption of Listeria-contaminated foods could be fatal.
So far Wawona Packing Co. is not aware of any illnesses related to the product, but they took the precautionary step after tests conducted at one of their facilities revealed possible contamination. And even though the tests showed negative results for the bacterium, they proceeded with the recall. "By taking the precautionary step of recalling product, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority," the president of Wawona Packing Co., Brent Smittcamp.
Symptoms usually appear within a month or two of consuming contaminated products and can be treated with antibiotics, but The Center for Disease Control and Prevents urges consumers to throw out any of the recalled products and to seek treatment immediately if they begin experiencing the symptoms.