Put down that fruit!
Thousands of pieces of fruits have been recalled by the Food and Drug Administration over a potential listeria contamination.
Yonkers-based distributor, Jac. Vandenberg, Inc., says the recall covers 1,727 cartons of Fresh Peaches, 1,207 cartons of Fresh Nectarines and 365 cartons of Fresh Plums.
The fruit was distributed to retailers ALDI, Costco, Fairway market, Hannaford, Market Basket, Walmart, as well as smaller retail stores.
The recall spans the states of Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia.
The peaches, nectarines and plums sold at ALDI are packaged in a 2-pound bag with the brand Rio Duero, under EAN barcode numbers281,298,304, . The nectarines sold at Costco are packaged in a 4-pound plastic clamshell with the brand Rio Duero, under EAN number212.
The peaches and nectarines are sold as a bulk retail produce item with PLU sticker numbered 4044, 3035, 4378 and showing the country of origin of Chile.
Listeria monocytogenes is a species of bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, senior citizens, and other individuals with weakened immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The FDA urges consumers who have purchased fresh peaches, nectarines and plums to return the fruit for a full refund.
No illnesses linked to the fruits have been reported yet.