Some RI stores affected in national fruit recall

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Several Rhode Island stores are affected by a nationwide fruit recall, according to the state health department.

Stores across the country scrambled on Monday to pull potentially contaminated fruit from the shelves. Health officials say peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots are being recalled after California-based Wawona Packing Co. announced some of its products may have been contaminated with listeria.

According to the Ernie Julian with the R.I. Dept. of Health, a number of stores in Rhode Island have received the potentially contaminated products.

Julian said BJ’s, Sam’s, Stop and Shop, Whole Foods, Save-A-Lot and Trader Joe’s locations in the state have received the fruit.

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“We’ve contacted all of those companies, and they have already pulled [the fruit] and they will notify customers,” Julian said.

If you purchased or ate any of the fruit listed above, the health department urges you to contact your grocery store immediately.

Brent Smittcamp, president of Wawona Packing Co., said the recall was issued as a precautionary step. He said the company has not received any reports of illnesses related to consumption of the recalled fruits, but “by taking the precautionary step of recalling products, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority.”

According to the health department’s website, “Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”

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