If you've purchased stone fruit in the past few weeks, then you'll want to keep reading. Due to potential widespread listeria contamination, a New York-based fruit distributor is recalling peaches, plums, and nectarines sold in 18 different states across the U.S.
The recall was issued after a random sampling revealed traces of listeria. The recall includes more than 1,700 cartons of peaches, 1,200 cartons of nectarines, and 365 cartons of plums, reported CookingLight.
Listeria is a dangerous bacteria. It causes possibly fatal infection in the young, elderly and immunocompromised
According to the Food and Drug Administration, the fruit was distributed to retailers in the following states: Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia.
Walmart is the biggest retailer affected by the recall. Stores in multiple states have already started pulling the fruit from their shelves.
The fruit was also sold at other major retailers. Those include Aldi, Costco, Market Basket, and New York City's Fairway Market.
The FDA says it’s working on identifying every piece of fruit affected. Fruit sold in more supermarkets could soon be added to the list.
If you've recently purchased peaches, plums, or nectarines in the states named above, there's a way to check if you should dispose of the fruit. The peaches and nectarines in question are sold in bulk with a PLU sticker bearing the following codes: 4044, 3035, 4378. All of them were raised and harvested in Chile.
At Aldi, the fruit is sold in a 2-pound bag under the Rio Duero brand name. In Costco, nectarines were sold in a bulk 4-pound plastic package also under the Rio Duero brand name.
No illnesses have been reported due to this potential outbreak. For more information, read the FDA's official notice. In other news, there was a state of emergency declared in a U.S. state due to an outbreak of measles that's spreading. Please pray for everyone impacted.