On Jan. 24, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Adminitration issued a notice that fresh peaches, plums and nectarines have been recalled from Walmart, Costco, Aldi and several other grocers. The cartons of fruit have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. Representatives from Jac. Vandenburg Inc. of Yonkers, New York (the fruit supplier) did not immediately return Red Tricycle’s request for comment.

The recall includes 1,727 cartons of peaches, 1,207 cartons of nectarines and 365 cartons of plums in 18 states. Here’s what you need to know.

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Recall Description: Fresh Peaches, Nectarines & Plums

The current recall affects fresh peaches, nectarines and plums sold at Walmart, Costco, Aldi, Fairway Market, Hannaford and Market Basket stores in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia.

For a full list of which items were sold at specific grocers, visit the FDA’s website here.

Why the Fruit Was Recalled

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the packing house, which found certain products contained the bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes. Currently, there have been no reports of illnesses in connection with this recall.

How To Tell If Your Peaches, Nectarines or Plums are Recalled

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

The peaches, nectarines and plums sold at ALDI are packaged in a 2-pound bag with the brand Rio Duero, EAN #7804650090281, 7804650090298, 7804650090304.

The nectarines sold at Costco are packaged in a 4-pound plastic clamshell with the brand Rio Duero, EAN#7804650090212.

Visit the FDA’s website for a full list of stores, states and product information.

What Parents Can Do

If you have have purchased fresh peaches, fresh nectarines and fresh plums included in the recall you can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Jac. Vandenburg Inc. at compliance@jacvandenberg.com with any questions.

––Karly Wood



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