Walmart Has Recalled Packaged Fruit In 9 States
After FDA inspectors found evidence of Listeria, Walmart has recalled prepackaged fruit in nine states. Country Fresh, which sells products under the Walmart brand, announced a voluntary recall of the packages in question.
The company said the fruit was shipped to Walmart grocery stores in Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Indiana, Kansas and Louisiana.
A press release stated that U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors detected traces of listeria on equipment used where the fruit was packed.
Country Fresh has said no cases of food poisoning from listeria contamination have been reported in connection with the recall.
The FDA said that listeria is a microscopic organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections especially in young children and people with weakened immune systems. Short-term symptoms of eating food contaminated with listeria include: high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
The possibly contaminated recalled products included varieties of apple slices and grapes, as well as packaged chunks of mango, cantaloupe, pineapple and assorted fruit trays.
The FDA stated that the recalled packages were labeled "best if used by" with dates between Oct. 3 and Oct. 11, 2020.
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