RECALL: Fruit Sold at Costco, Trader Joe’s Recalled After Detection of Possibly Harmful Bacteria

July 21, 2014 18:17 pm · 13 comments

A California packing company is recalling whole fruit sold through Costco, Trader Joe’s and other retailers after possibly harmful bacteria may have contaminated their produce, the company announced Saturday.

No illnesses related to the potentially contaminated peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots have been reported, but the Wawona Packing Company of Cutler issued the recall after internal company testing indicated the potential for infection.

Fruit packed between June 1 and July 12 may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the company.

Listeria infection can cause high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea in healthy people and can be fatal in young children, elderly people and people with weakened immune systems.

It can also cause miscarriage and stillbirths in pregnant women.

The products were shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers and Wawona said it is unclear exactly what locations bought the contaminated products and have issued a nationwide recall.

The company shut down the infected packing lines, retrofitted its equipment and sanitized the facilities and has found no further trace of the bacteria, Wawona officials said.

“We are aware of no illnesses related to the consumption of these products,” Brent Smittcamp, president of Wawona Packing Company, 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,” Smittcamp said.

Anyone who purchased the fruit at the store should throw it out and not eat it, the company said. Anyone with questions can contact Wawona Packing Company at (888) 232-9912.

A list of the recalled products with photographs is available by CLICKING HERE.

Anon July 21, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Nice that they are recalling but fruit bought in June was already consumed.

Too Much Fruit At One Time! July 21, 2014 at 8:40 PM

These recalls are so stupid! What’s the chance that people still have the fruit purchased that far back?

If they do, they are going to get sick for sure!

Lisa July 21, 2014 at 8:43 PM

We bought the fruit at Sam’s Club. They called today to let us know.

94598 July 21, 2014 at 8:43 PM

I got an email from Raley’s/Nob Hill yesterday. I guess that is the good thing about the rewards programs- they know what you bought………. but we already ate our recalled nectarines a couple days ago.

we didn’t get sick we must have immune systems in this house.

Recall joke July 21, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Just got the letter in the mail from foster farms saying they have record that I bought bad chicken there at Costco in march and to check my freezer in case I have it still. Really? That chicken has long been consumed!! What a joke

Dr. Jellyfinger® July 21, 2014 at 9:08 PM

OMG! I made my Plum Crazy March Chicken recipe for an appetizer at tonight’s Colostomy Patient’s class! Damn you Wawona Packing Company !

So Funny July 21, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Thanks costco for the heads up about the the nectarines I bought and ate on the 2nd of july might have made me and my family really sick WTF? So Stupid

so sick of recalls July 21, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Can’t anybody get it right any more? Ridiculous, perishable “organic” food purchased in June being recalled in July. Really on top the job aren’t yah! Cars, food, what in God’s name is still save to consume any more????? I so have faith in the Food and Drug Administration. NOT! The U.S. Government is pathetic and should be recalled and reorganized; they all should GO, GO, GO!

VikingPrincess July 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Buy your fruit at the Farmers Market or grow your own and fruit from anywhere else will taste like bland cardboard 😉

TinFoiler July 22, 2014 at 6:52 AM

#8, Oh – Be sure to get your vaccinations!!!!

Totally Agree.

Carl July 22, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Well now i know why i was as sick as a dog last week. Never had the trots that bad in my life. Fever, body aches like crazy. Was eating the fruit the whole time. Had to take two (unpaid) days off work. Bought it at trader joes on Concord ave. Peaches and nectarines. Anyone else get sick last week?

The Grant July 22, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Farmers Market for the win….

puffandstuff July 22, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Thanks for the article Claycord! The link to the FDA pictures were really helpful. Thank you!!!

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