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Wawona Co. Issues Peach Recall due to Health Risk

Morgan Cain2 years ago

The Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif. has issued a recall concerning certain lots of peaches, nectarines, plums, and pluots that could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. After consulting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the decision was made to recall the fruit on a voluntary basis.

What is Listeria monocytogenes?

According to the FDA website, Listeria is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people.  Others with weakened immune systems can also be affected. 
Healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms such as:

  • High fever
  • Severe headache
  • Stiffness
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea

The Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

More about the Wawona Fruit Recall

“We are aware of no illnesses related to the consumption of these products” said Brent Smittcamp, President of Wawona Packing Co. “By taking the precautionary step of recalling product, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority.”

No illnesses have been reported at this time.  Wawona Packing Company and the FDA request consumers to not eat any of the recalled products and to report any illnesses or symptoms that are caused by the recalled products. 

Description of the Recalled Fruit
  • Wawona Packing Company has issued a recall for white and yellow whole peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots.
  • The recalled fruit was packaged from June 1, 2014 through July 12,2014.
  • The recalled fruit was shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers nationwide.
  • The business customers of Wawona Packing have been notified and have requested they remove the recalled products from commerce.
  • The lot numbers affected by the recall range from 162-193.

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