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If you shop at Costco, Aldi or Walmart, there is a high chance your fruit may be contaminated with listeria

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In a multi-state recall, nectarines, peaches and plums that have been sold at Costco, Aldi or Walmart may possibly be contaminated with listeria.

Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. of Yonkers, New York, is currently recalling 1,207 of fresh nectarines, 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, and 365 cartons of plums.

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The recall was a result of a routine sampling which then revealed that the products contained the bacteria, according to the FDA.

Both the peaches as well as the nectarines are sold as a bulk retail produce item with a PLU sticker with the following sticker showing the country of origin as Chile: PLU# 4044, 3035, 4378.

We have listed the following produce as being contaminated with listeria with their respective stores.

ALDI

Peaches, nectarines as well as plums that were packaged in a two-pound bag with the Rio Duero brand with the following EAN#’s: 7804650090281, 7804650090298, 7804650090304.

The possibly contaminated nectarines, peaches and plums were sold in North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia

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COSTCO

The nectarines are packaged in a four-pound plastic clam shell under the brand Rio Duero in California stores with the following EAN# 7804650090212.

WALMART



Nectarines as well as peaches that were sold in Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

There have yet to be any illnesses reported.

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Listeria infection is defined as a food borne bacteria illness, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is known to be very serious for pregnant women as well as people with impaired immune systems.

Listeria infection is usually contracted by consuming improperly processed deli meats as well as unpasteurized milk products. That being said, it is rare for healthy people to become ill from listeria infection but the disease can be fatal to both unborn babies as well as newborns.

Those who have weak immune systems are also at a higher risk of life-threatening complications. Antibiotic treatment can help diminish the effects of listeria infection.

Additionally, listeria bacteria can survive refrigeration as well as freezing. Those who are at a higher risk of serious infections should avoid eating the types of food that are most likely to contain listeria bacteria. Symptoms of a listeria infection include: a fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea.

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Symptoms can start a few days after you have consumed contaminated food but it could take up to 30 days or more before the first signs as well as symptoms of infection begin.

If you have eaten a food that has been recalled due to a listeria outbreak, be sure to pay close attention to any possible signs or symptoms of illness. If you do experience fever, muscle aches, nausea or diarrhea — be sure to contact your doctor.

The same goes for illness after consuming a potentially contaminated product like foods made with unpasteurized milk or poorly heated hot dogs or deli meats. If you do experience a high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, confusion or sensitivity to light — do seek emergency care.

The above are all signs and symptoms that indicate bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is a life threatening complication of a listeria infection.

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