Certain varieties of organic plums, peaches, pluots and nectarines from California have been found to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Listeria bacteria is known to cause listeriosis, a digestive infection that results in high fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and stiffness. In severe cases among the infirm, a Listeria infection can even result in death.
Numerous Grocery Stores Sold the Recalled Fruit
All of the affected fruit in this recall comes from the Cutler, California, company, Wawona Packing Co. Affected packages of the fruit are labeled, Sweet2Eat Organic, Sweet2Eat or Mrs. Smittcamp. Consumers who have this fruit in their possession are advised not to consume the products and to return them to the store where they purchased them for a complete refund. Grocery stores that sold the fruit include Trader Joes, Costco, Kroger, Whole Foods Market, Food 4 Less, Ralphs and Walmart/Sam's club. Several food products made on site at Whole Foods (including fresh salsas, fruit salads, cakes and desserts) have also been recalled because they may have been made with fruit from Wawona Packing Co.
Ever since the recall, which was first announced on July 19, Wawona Packing Co. has halted its operations as it completes a thorough investigation to pinpoint the contamination source.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Protection, children, elderly individuals, pregnant women and anyone with a weakened immune system are especially vulnerable to injury, death or suffering a miscarriage or stillbirth after contracting a Listeria infection. Those who have consumed fruit that is affected by this recall are therefore encouraged to visit their doctor for a checkup immediately. According to the Center for Disease Control, Listeria outbreaks have been declining nationally since 2001; however, it is only through a concerted effort that food producers and consumers can continue to avoid such outbreaks in the future.
Have You Been Injured by Contaminated Fruit?
Individuals who suffer serious or fatal injuries due to contaminated foods may have viable personal injury claims (and their families may have viable wrongful death claims) against the manufacturers responsible for the affected foods. In such cases, the injured victims' medical records, purchase receipts and other evidence will be crucial in evaluating the strength and weaknesses associated with pursuing a defective products personal injury claim.
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