Wawona Packing has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
Although no illnesses have been reported, the company issued a recall of fruit packed and shipped from its Tulare County packing house from June 1 through July 12. The company has also notified retailers who purchased the fruit, so that they may remove any of the recalled lots of fruit.
The fresh fruit company’s recall was initiated based on internal testing at the company’s packing house in Cutler.
Retailers that received the fruit include Costco and Trader Joe’s.
Some of the fruit was sold under the Sweet 2 Eat label.
Wawona Packing officials said they shut down the packing lines, retrofitted some equipment and sanitized the facility. Subsequent tests have been negative.
“We are aware of no illnesses related to the consumption of these products,” said Brent Smittcamp, president of Wawona Packing Co. “By taking the precautionary step of recalling product, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority.”
The recalled fruit was shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers who resell the products. Company officials said that because they don’t know where the fruit ended up, they issued a nationwide recall.
Clovis-based Wawona Frozen Foods is a separate company and is not involved in the voluntary recall.
Anyone who has the recalled fruit is advised to throw it away. Consumers with questions may contact Wawona Packing at 1 (888) 232-9912, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.wawonapacking.com.
A complete product list can be found on the federal Food and Drug Administration’s website: www.fda.gov