When it comes to succulent fruit, few are as juicy and sweet as peaches, plums, and nectarines. But if you’ve been shopping for these fruits recently – or eaten one – your health could be at risk. That’s because these three fruits have been recalled across the United States for fear of listeria contamination, and now people are worried that their health could be in danger.
If you’ve bought any one of these three fruits from Walmart, Costco, Fairway and several other locations, which we will detail below, then you need to be wary. A plan in New York distributed the fruit, which has been potentially tainted with listeria. And that fruit arrived in the United States from Chile on the Pacific Coast of South America.
In alphabetical order, the fruit that has been recalled was shipped to the states of Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia. And if you live in one of these states and have purchased peaches, nectarines, or plums recently, you need to contact the store you bought it from immediately.
The recall was voluntary. But that does not mean it isn’t serious. The listeria was found when the company conducted routine quality sampling – after the products were already sold – and discovered traces of listeria.
Listeria is perhaps the most common bacteria that causes food poisoning in the United States. Unlike other modes of food poisoning, listeria can take a long time to take hold and result in debilitating sickness.
When consumed, listeria bacteria can cause listeriosis. This condition is accompanied by horrible bouts of diarrhea and fever. And it also is usually accompanied by one to four weeks of infection.
The USDA FSIS claims that symptoms may take as long as 70 days to appear. In other words, once you consume listeria, it can survive in your system for months, just waiting for the opportunity to spread its influence and make you sick.
The fruit that has been recalled was distributed by Jac Vandenberg, Inc., which is located out of Yonkers, New York.
The recall is widespread. 1,727 cartons of peaches, 1,207 cartons of nectarines, and 365 cartons of plums – enough for a new carton for an entire year – have been recalled, the FDA reported.
If you are unsure if your recent purchase is at risk, check the PLU sticker. The following PLU numbers were recalled.
Peaches and nectarines were sold in bulk and had numbers 4044, 3035, 4378, and indicate that they came from Chile.
Aldi, which also had the tainted fruits, sold them in two-pound bags. Their labels were branded Rio Duero and were also from Chile. Their EAN numbers, which are the European version of PLU, were: 7804650090281, 7804650090298, 7804650090304.
Costco also suffered the recall. Their nectarines were sold in four-pound bags and branded Rio Duero from Chile. Their EAN number was 7804650090212.
If you’ve bought peaches, nectarines, or plums recently, check the numbers on the stickers before you chow down. Your health may depend on doing it.
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