Thousands of cartons of peaches, nectarines, and plums have been recalled in stores across the country - including Walmart, Costco, and Aldi - due to a possible listeria contamination. The FDA reports that the recall was a result of a routine sampling that showed fruit produced by Jac. Vanderberg, Inc. or Yonkers, New York contained the bacteria. The company is recalling 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums. The fruit was sold at six different grocery stores: Aldi, Costco, Fairway Market, Hannaford, Market Basket, and Walmart across eighteen states.
The fruit was distributed in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia. No illnesses have been reported to date. For more information, a complete list of products can be found on the Food and Drug Administration website.
While the listeria bacteria usually only causes fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, it can be very dangerous for children, the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems. It is also particularly dangerous for pregnant women, who are 10 times more likely to become infected. It can cause stillbirths or miscarriages and can also be passed on to the developing fetus. Again, no illnesses have been confirmed to date. If you are concerned, please return these items to the place of purchase or contact the company directly. Recalls are concerning, but there are ways to keep you and your family safe. For more info, read What To Do After A Food Recall.