Fresh fruit sold at ALDI stories in Carolinas part of FDA recall

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Bags of nectarines, peaches and plums sold at ALDI stores in North Carolina and South Carolina are being recalled.

The recall is due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to Jac. Vanderberg, Inc.

ALDI has announced that it has removed the affected items - two-pound bags of Rio Duero fresh peaches, nectarines and plums - from its stores. The affected fruit also was sold in ALDI locations in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia.

The affected fruit also was sold in Costco stores in California and Walmart stores in Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

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 peaches, nectarines and plums sold at ALDI are packaged in a 2-pound bag with the brand Rio Duero, EAN# 7804650090281, 7804650090298, 7804650090304. The nectarines sold at Costco are packaged in a 4-pound plastic clamshell with the brand Rio Duero, EAN# 7804650090212.

According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the packing house which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem to date.