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Listeria Contamination Prompts Nationwide Fruit Recall

In July, Wawona Packing Co. issued a recall of all nectarines, peaches, pluots and plums packed at any of its Cutler, California, warehouses between July 1 and July 12 after it discovered they may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled fruit was being sold at Walmart, Costco and Kroger stores throughout the country.

Wawona ordered a recall after internal testing found listeria on one peach and two nectarines. It was not clear how the fruit became contaminated, but the facility was nevertheless shut down and sanitized at the same time as the recall.

Notices about the fruit recall were posted on each store???s website. Recall warnings urge consumers to check any fruit they suspect may be contaminated for a ???SWEET 2 EAT??? label, which is issued by the Wawona Packing Co. Several other stores, including Whole Foods and Wegmans, have recalled several of their in-store baked items that might have used Wawona fruits.??

Listeria is a bacterium that can lead to listeriosis, a disease causing symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal problems. Although listeriosis can be harmful for anyone, those with weakened immune systems, infants, pregnant women and senior citizens are at a greater risk for serious infection. If you believe you may have eaten any contaminated fruit, seek medical attention and contact a lawyer.

If you are suffering from an injury caused by another party???s negligence, you may be able to take legal action. Contact a Sarasota personal injury attorney to discuss the possibility of a products liability lawsuit.

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