The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Wawona Packing Company, of Cutler, California, has issued an expanded voluntary recall of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recall applies to products sold nationwide through retailers under the Sweet 2 Eat, Sweet 2 Eat Organic and Mrs Smittcamp’s brands plus various private labels. All fruit packed from 1 June through to 17 July 2014 is included. A similar recall has also been issued in Canada, but the are no reports of related cases of illness in the USA or Canada.
The company ceased packing operations on 18 July pending identification of the source of the contamination, which was first detected by internal microbiological testing. It is now working with experts to thoroughly clean the packing plant and make improvements to food safety procedures. The packing lines will only be reopened once Wawona Packing has identified and eliminated the source of contamination and product safety is assured.
The expanded recall notice can be found on the FDA website here.