Fresh fruit sold at Trader Joe’s, Costco recalled

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots sold at Trader Joe’s and Costco, among other nationwide retailers, are being recalled due to possible listeria contamination.

California-based Wawona Packing Company issued the voluntary recall after internal testing discovered traces of the bacteria that could be life-threatening to patients with weakened immune systems.

The affected fresh fruit was packed between June 1 and July 12, the company said.

“Because we do not know the locations of the companies that purchased the products from our direct customers, the company is issuing a nationwide recall,” Wawona Packing Co. said in a news release July 20.

Customers who recently bought peaches, nectarines, plums or pluots are urged to compare their purchases to those pictured in this news release, and presented in the photo gallery below.

All of these items pictured are affected by the recall:

The packing lines and equipment connected with the possible contamination have been retrofitted, sanitized and retested, the company said. Tests taken daily since the discovery of the bacteria have been negative.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes deadly infections, especially in young children, elderly people or those with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in women who are pregnant.

No illnesses yet have been linked to this recall, the company said.

Anyone who bought the fruit should throw it away immediately. Customers can direct their questions to Wawona Packing at 1-888-232-9912, or visit www.wawonapacking.com.