Fruit Recall Expands Due To Listeria Risk


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Several weeks ago a Listeria scare caused a fruit recall.

The Wawona Packing Co. in Cutler, California claimed that they found traces of Listeria on some of the machinery used to package certain fruits.

The company assured customers that there had not been any Listeria found in the fruit or any reported illnesses, and said that the voluntary recall was issued for customer safety.

The company expanded the recall this week and said that nectarines, peaches, plums or pluots purchased from the company under the "Sweet2Eat" brand name, may contain traces of Listeria.

The first recall was issued for fruit packaged between June 1 and July 12. The new recall was expanded to include fruit packaged through July 17.

The company said the expanded recall was issued because they were "yet to identify with scientific certainty the source" of the Listeria monocytogenes at the packaging facility.

The company said that tests were conducted at the facility and that the testers found the bacteria on a peach and two nectarines. They are not sure how many, if any other fruits could also contain the virus.

The company said that the recall is worldwide and that they are not sure which stores sell their produce or which restaurants serve it.

Websites for Trader Joe's, Kroger, Costco, Whole Foods Market, Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Wal-Mart, which also operates Sam's Club, have all issued recalls on the fruit.

The company advised customers to check their refrigerators for fruit with stickers that read, "Sweet2Eat." The fruit may also be labeled "Mrs. Smittcamp's" or "Sweet2Eat Organic." Consumers can throw out the potentially contaminated fruit or take it back to the store for a refund.

There have still been no reports of illness caused from contaminated fruit or a Listeria outbreak linked to the company.

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