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Wawona Issues Peach Recall

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A major packing company has issued a recall for various types of stone fruits sold around the country.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

The Wawona Packing Company has issued a recall on several different types of stone fruit, including peaches and plums, that have been shipped and sold around the country, including Alaska.  Kim Stryker is program manager at Alaska’s Food Safety Services, which is part of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.  She says the company’s action came after a disease was spotted.

“The recall includes fresh whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums, and pluots that were packed between June 1st and July 12th of 2014. Apparently the company detected Listeria Monocytogenes as part of their routine internal testing, and as a precaution, they have issued a recall.”

The bacterium is responsible for the disease listeriosis.  The illness typically causes high fever, headache, neck stiffness, and nausea, but in more extreme cases, can cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as fatal infections in the immunocompromised.  Stryker says due to the nature of the packing process, Wawona isn’t able to directly identify the individual batches, so she advises seeking information online.

“What consumers can do is they can go to our webpage and they can view a complete list of all the recalled products. There are also photographs of the products so they can check their refrigerators to see if they may have received the products.”

The state’s food safety website is available here.

The FDA's website is available here.

A Q&A on the recall can be found here.