It’s only January, and 2019 is already looking like it could be the Year of the Recall. Hot on the heels of recalls involving chicken nuggets and baby spinach, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a fresh fruit recall due to listeria, and your state might be at risk.
What products are recalled?
If you’ve been craving the taste of summer with some out-of-season fruits, you might have to wait. The fruit recall is a big one, involving 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines and 365 cartons of fresh plums supplied by Jac. Vandenberg Inc.
Where is the recall in effect?
Plenty of states have been named in this fruit recall. If yours is listed, make sure to take a second look at your fruit inventory. Below is a table issued by the FDA that identifies each retailer, affected states and the contaminated fruits.
Be sure to give it a look!
|ALDI||Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia||Nectarines, Peaches, Plums|
|Fairway Market||New York||Nectarines, Peaches|
|Market Basket||Massachusetts||Nectarines, Peaches|
|Walmart||Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia||Nectarines (MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV), Peaches (KY, NJ, NY, OH, PA, WV)|
How do I know if I have one of these products?
There’s no way to determine whether you have an affected fruit just by looking at it. It’s important to remember where you purchased the recalled fruit and identify products accordingly.
For produce purchased at most of the stores listed, you’ll have to rely on the code found on the fruit’s PLU sticker. Fruits grown in Chile with a PLU of #4044, #3035 or #4378 are suspect.
Fruit sold at Aldi came in a 2-pound bag from a brand called Rio Duero and bear the EAN #7804650090281, #7804650090298 or #7804650090304.
As for Costco, nectarines specifically were sold in a 4-pound plastic clamshell. The brand is also Rio Duero, and the EAN on the sticker is #7804650090212. Did you know you can get recall alerts from Costco? Here’s how.
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
You can just throw the products out to prevent the spread of contamination. Alternatively, the FDA urges you to take the products back to the place of purchase. If you bought from Aldi or another retailer, you can return the items for a full refund. If you can’t determine if your items are infected, contact [email protected] with any questions.
How can I avoid getting listeria?
The fruit recall comes from an abundance of caution after bacteria was found during routine sampling. No medical reports have linked the affected products to listeria just yet. It’s a good thing, too, because listeria is a pretty nasty thing to catch. It starts with flu-like symptoms and can leave victims with neurological problems, so getting rid of those recalled items is the right choice. If you or someone you love is exhibiting symptoms after eating fresh peaches, nectarines or plums, please contact a health care professional immediately.
There are ways to prevent listeria, besides heeding FDA warnings. Make sure to wash all raw fruits and veggies and mind the expiration dates on meat and cheese. Don’t leave anything in the fridge for too long after it’s been opened, and wash your hands after handling potentially dangerous foods.