Jan. 28, 2019 -- Fresh peaches, plums, and nectarines sold in more than a dozen states have been recalled because they may be contaminated with listeria, the FDA announced.
Walmart, Costco, and Aldi are among the stores that sold the fruit. Jac. Vandenberg Inc. of Yonkers, NY, distributed the fruit to these states: Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Fairway Market, Hannaford, and Market Basket also sold the fruit, along with other small stores.
No illnesses have been reported.
A routine sampling program revealed the contamination. The company has stopped distributing the fruit while it investigates the problem.
- The peaches and nectarines sold in bulk have the price look-up number (PLU#) 4044, 3035, or 4378, and show the country of origin of Chile.
- The peaches, nectarines, and plums sold at ALDI are packaged in a 2-pound bag with the brand Rio Duero, European Article Number (EAN#) 7804650090281, 7804650090298, or 7804650090304.
- The nectarines sold at Costco are packaged in a 4-pound plastic clamshell with the brand Rio Duero, EAN# 7804650090212.
People who eat food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may get listeriosis, a serious infection. It can cause fever and flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, muscle aches, a headache, a stiff neck, confusion, and a loss of balance.
About 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die. Pregnant women, newborns, adults 65 and older, and people with a weakened immune system are more likely to get sick. Infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, early delivery, and life-threatening infection to the unborn baby.
If you bought the fruit, you can return it to the store for a refund. Anyone with questions may contact the company at [email protected].