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Listeria risk prompts Wawona Packing's voluntary recall

Wawona Packing Co. of Cutler, CA, is voluntarily recalling certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed June 1-July 12 due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Wawona Packing has notified retailers of the specific lots being recalled. No other products are affected by this recall. No illnesses have been linked to this recall to date.

The recall was initiated based on internal company testing. The company shut down the implicated packinglines, retrofitted equipment, sanitized the facility and retested. Subsequent daily test results have been negative.

"We are aware of no illnesses related to the consumption of these products" Brent Smittcamp, president of Wawona Packing Co., said in a press release. "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 products were shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers who resell the products. Because the company did not know the locations of the companies that purchased the products from its direct customers, the company issued a nationwide recall.

Consumers can identify the recalled products by the information provided in the linked list and photographs. Anyone who has the recalled products in their possession should not consume them and should discard them. Consumers with questions may contact Wawona Packing at 1-888-232-9912, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT or visit www.wawonapacking.com for a copy of this press release.

Wawona Packing has already notified its business customers and requested that they remove the recalled products from commerce. Wawona Packing is voluntarily recalling these products in consultation with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Listeria monocytogenes in an organism that 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.