Jul 222014
 
An image of the box used for peaches sold in Costco stores that are being recalled because of the possibility of bacterial infection. (via costco.com)

An image of the box used for peaches sold in Costco stores that are being recalled because of the possibility of bacterial infection. (via costco.com)

Based on concerns about a possible bacterial contamination, the federal Food and Drug Administration is issuing a recall of peaches and nectarines that were likely sold at Costco’s New Orleans store and other locations across the country.

The peaches and nectarines were supplied by a distributor called Wawona Fruit, and have the potential to be contaminated by a bacteria called Listeria, Costco announced Tuesday.

Listeria bacteria can cause listeriosis, which usually causes “fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms,” according to the national Center for Disease Control. Other symptoms can include “headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions in addition to fever and muscle aches,” and an infection can be particularly serious for pregnant women, or even fatal for small children and the elderly.

The shipment of white peaches, yellow peaches, white nectarines and yellow nectarines can be identified by the number “CA 6910″ on the box, indicating the shipping plant where the issue is believed to have originated, said Craig Wilson, a spokesman for Costco’s national headquarters.

“It’s only from that one plant,” Wilson said. “It has the potential to have listeria on it, but that’s not to say that it does.”

No illnesses have been reported from the fruit so far, Wawona officials say in the FDA news release, and the recall is considered voluntary and precautionary.

“The recall was initiated based on internal company testing,” the FDA release states. “The company shut down the implicated packing lines, retrofitted equipment, sanitized the facility and retested. Subsequent daily test results have been negative.”

Customers of the Costco store in New Orleans are receiving automated calls announcing the recall, and Wilson said that means the potentially contaminated fruit was likely sold at that particular location. Anyone who bought the fruit should bring it back to the store for a full refund, he said.

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