Stores react quickly to fruit recall

Photo courtesy Wawona Packing Co.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A nationwide recall of peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots affected the Kroger Company stores, Costco and Sam’s Club in northeast Indiana.

The recalled fruit was packaged by Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California between June 1 and July 12. Wawona voluntarily recalled its products because of a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

There’s a long list of recalled packages: click here to see the complete list. Not every store carried every item, but those that they had were taken off the shelves and destroyed.

Click here to see pictures of the different packaging.

The Costco in Fort Wayne said it only had one product to remove from its shelves, but if someone bought something at another location, this store would still honor a refund.

After pulling the recalled fruit from the shelves, the area Kroger, Scott’s and Owens stores also posted signs by the unaffected peaches and nectarines. Click on the following links to see if the fruit you bought is on the list:

Kroger List One
Kroger List Two
Kroger List Three

While some Walmart stores were affected across the county, the company said in no northeast Indiana stores stocked the fruit in question. Only the Sam’s Club in Fort Wayne was affected.

All three stores said when there is a recall, customers who purchased the recalled item will get an automated phone call. Kroger Plus customers will also have a recall notice print out at the bottom of their receipt the next time they make a purchase.

Anyone who bought the recalled fruit can either bring it into the store for a refund or credit toward other product or can throw away the recalled items and just bring in the receipt. Kroger and Costco also added that if someone bought fruit and they aren’t sure if it was the recalled brand or not, they can still come in for a refund or exchange “to be on the safe side.”

Right now there are no known listeria illnesses related to the fruit.

The Allen County Health Department released the following:

“Listeria monocytogenes is the bacterium that causes listeriosis, a serious infection responsible for 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths per year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common symptoms include fever and muscle aches, often preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal issues.

Pregnant women and their newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk for a more serious infection. For example, pregnant women are 10 times more likely than the general population to get listeria infection, which can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

But anyone who experiences symptoms within two months of eating contaminated food should seek medical care right away and let the physician know the foods that were consumed.”

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