Wawona Packing issues nationwide fruit recall over listeria contamination concerns

Posted July 21, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.

Wawona Packing has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

No illnesses have been reported, but the company agreed to issue a recall of fruit that was shipped from its Cutler packing house from June 1 through July 12.

The company also has notified retailers who purchased the fruit so they may remove any of the specific lots.

The recall was initiated based on internal company testing.

Company officials said they shut down the packing lines, retrofitted equipment, and sanitized the facility. Subsequent tests have been negative.

“We are aware of no illnesses related to the consumption of these products,” said Brent Smittcamp, president of Wawona Packing Co., said in a statement. “By taking the precautionary step of recalling product, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority.”

Anyone who has the recalled fruit should throw it away. Consumers with questions may contact Wawona Packing at 888-232-9912, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit wawonapacking.com.

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