Fruit recalled because of possible bacterial infection

Fruit recalled because of possible bacterial infection

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Some very popular summer fruits are being recalled nationwide because they could be contaminated with a dangerous bacteria.

Peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots are all listed in the most recent fruit recall list. Wawona packing company, voluntarily recalled batches of the fruit packed between June 1 and July 12 because they're potentially contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

"The listeria is found within the dirt and the water and within the plant itself so if you do have something that's infected you're advised to dispose of it or return it to the store," Matthew Shackleton said.

Matthew Shackleton is the executive chef at Doctor's hospital. It's his job to prevent food-borne illnesses.

"It's typically not too dangerous for the healthy population but for the but the high risk population including the elderly, pregnant woman, and preschool kids it can be dangerous."

The same bacteria killed 33 people back in 2011 when they consumed infected cantaloupe. It's also linked to miscarriages and stillbirths. The FDA says that's why this recall should be taken very seriously. Symptoms for listeria infections are high fever, severe headaches, and nausea.

"If you're feeling those symptoms and you think you may have consumed one of these fruits or vegetables you should see a doctor and let them know about it."

CNN reported that the fruits were sold nationwide at Costco, Kroger, Whole Foods Market, Walmart and Trader Joes. The FDA says as of now, no illnesses have been linked to the recall.

The FDA advises anyone who purchased these products between June 1 and July 12th to throw them away, and if you have a receipt, take it to the store where you bought the products to get a refund.

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