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Company expands recall of cut fruit sold at Walmart

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Posted at 4:27 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 17:27:09-04

The recall issued for cut fruit sold at Walmarts because of listeria concerns has been extended.

According to the FDA, Country Fresh is extending their voluntary recall issued on October 2, 2020 to include various containers of “Freshness Guaranteed “cut and/or sliced apples, grapes, mangos, pineapples and cantaloupe distributed by Walmart.

The recall is a precautionary measure due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes detected on equipment used in an area near where these products are packed. FDA discovered these findings during a recent inspection.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which 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 FDA says.

The recall affects product codes of various fresh fruit items shipped directly to Walmart retail distribution centers and sent to select stores located in AR, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MO, OK, and TX.

The products were packaged in various size clam shell containers. The “best if used by” dates are between October 3, 2020 and October 11, 2020.

To see the full list of affected products, click here to read the FDA report.