PEACHES, PLUMS AND NECTARINES RECALLED DUE TO LISTERIA

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East County News Service

January 28, 2019 (San Diego) – The U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) has announced a recall of thousands of cases of Fresh Peaches, Fresh Plums and Fresh Nectarines packed by Jac. Vandenberg Inc. The fruits were sold at major retailers in several states, including Costco in California.

The fruits may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, an organism which may cause serious or even fatal infections in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women and illness in others including high fever severe headache, stiffness, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

The peaches and nectarines are sold as a bulk retail produce item with PLU sticker (PLU# 4044, 3035, 4378) showing the country of origin of Chile. The nectarines sold at Costco are packaged in a 4-pound plastic clamshell with the brand Rio Duero, EAN# 7804650090212.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the packing house which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigations.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled Fresh Peaches, Fresh Nectarines and Fresh Plums are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at compliance@jacvandenberg.com.