Product Liability

Fruit Recalled in Several States Over Listeria Concerns

fruit picture by Bill Ebbesen Fruit Recalled in Several States Over Listeria ConcernsConcerns of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination in fresh produce have prompted ALDI, Costco, Walmart, and other retailers to recall bags of peaches, nectarines, and plums from stores in several states. Listeria is a foodborne pathogen that can cause serious illness and death.

The recalled produce was distributed by fruit distributor Jac Vandenberg Inc. of Yonkers, New York. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall affects 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums.

ALDI said in a recall announcement that it has removed recalled peaches, nectarines, and plums from its stores in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia. The fruit was sold in two-pound bags under the Rio Duero brand name.

Likewise, Costco has removed nectarines from its stores in California, where they were sold in four-pound plastic clamshells under the Rio Duero brand.

Walmart has removed the recalled nectarines and peaches from its locations in Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Fairway Market in New York and Market Basket in Massachusetts removed the recalled nectarines and peaches, and Hannaford supermarkets in Maine have pulled supplies of the recalled peaches.

The peaches and nectarines are also sold as a bulk retail produce item with PLU sticker (PLU# 4044, 3035, 4378) showing the country of origin of Chile.

The FDA says that the Listeria contamination was discovered during routine sampling and testing. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection to the recalled produce.

If you bought any of the recalled fruit, the FDA urges you to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or throw it out. Consumers with questions may contact the company at compliance@jacvendenberg.com.

The FDA, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health authorities take reports of Listeria-contaminated food seriously because of the risk it poses to consumers. The bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, but a Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.