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Listeria fear prompts fruits recall

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Posted by : Windsor Genova - Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Cutler, CA, United States (4E) - A California food packing company has voluntarily recalled various fruits sold to retailers on suspicion that they are contaminated with the Listeria bacteria.

Wawona Packing Co. in Cutler, California recalled specific lots of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots that were packaged between June 1 and July 12 and sold to Sam's Club, BJ's Wholesale Club, Trader Joe's, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods, Costco and a number of other large food retailers.

The company tested the fruits and decided to recall them even without any reports of illnesses caused by eating the products.

"By taking the precautionary step of recalling product, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority," said Brent Smittcamp, president of Wawona Packing Co., in a statement.

The company also shut down, sanitized, then retested its facility. All tests for Listeria performed after the sanitation were negative, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Listeria infection is caused by eating food contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The infection is dangerous or even fatal to older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The FDA advised the public to throw away the recalled fruits.