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Fresh Fruit Recall Touches Southern California Costco, Trader Joe’s

Southern California consumers who bought peaches, nectarines or plums at Costco and Trader Joe's are being asked to return them.

Photo credit: Nancy Lehrer

Peaches

A Central California company issued a voluntary national recall of the fresh fruit that may be contaminated with listeria. Listeria can cause severe flu-like symptoms.

Wawona Packing found evidence of the bacteria at a Tulare County packing house. The lines were shut down, retrofitted and sanitized, and the voluntary recall went into effect. There are no reports of illness.

Wendy Fink-Weber, a spokeswoman for the Western Produce Association, said a recall doesn't mean people got sick.

"It does not necessarily mean that there are illnesses involved. But in order to be safe, to make sure there is no jeopardy, a producer will recall the product and take it out of the stream of commerce," Fink-Weber said.

Costco and Trader Joe's are reaching out to customers who bought fruit over the past weekend. The stores are asking customers to return the fruit for a full refund.

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