A nationwide recall of peaches and other fruit is on-going; some of this fruit may have made its way into Wisconsin through SuperValu and other supermarket chains. The question that led me to search out this recall was linked to Elberta peaches in SuperValu stores in northwestern Wisconsin. Click here for more information. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405943.htmWawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif is voluntarily recalling certain lots of whole peaches Listeria monocytogenes. Wawona Packing has notified retailers of the specific lots being recalled. No other products are impacted by this recall. No illnesses have been linked to this recall to date.
Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Consumers who think that they purchased fruit affected by this recall should return the fruit to their local retailer for a refund or dispose of the fruit. National spokespersons are indicating that canning and freezing the fruit may not ensure safety; the fruit should be discarded, not eaten. A large supermarket chain in the northeast, Wegmans, has recalled baked pies and other items prepared with this fruit as a precaution against the pathogen surviving baking.