The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling peaches, plums, and nectarines from six different grocery stores in 18 states across the country. According to a report issued Thursday, fresh fruit sold by Jac. Vandenberg Inc. is being pulled from shelves due to potential listeria contamination.
“[The fruit] has the potential to be contaminated with 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,” the FDA released in a statement, explaining that the bacteria was detected during routine sampling.
The recall includes 1,727 cartons of peaches, 1,207 cartons of nectarines, and 365 cartons of plums which were distributed at both local grocery stores and major retailers throughout the U.S., including Aldi, Costco, and Walmart.
The 18 states affected by the recall are:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
The affected peaches and nectarines, which are from Chile, have PLU sticker #4044, 3035, or 4378 and are also sold in a four-pound plastic clamshell at Costco (brand “Rio Duero” and EAN #7804650090212). At Aldi, all three fruits are packaged in two-pound bags with the brand “Rio Duero.” and EAN number #7804650090281, 7804650090298, or 7804650090304.
So far, there have been no reported illnesses due to the fruit as the FDA continues to investigate the cause of the infection. In the meantime, the agency advises customers who have purchased any of the fruit at the affected stores to return the produce immediately for a full refund.
For a full list of the stores in each state that have been impacted, click here. Anyone with questions regarding the recall can also contact Jac. Vandenberg Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org.