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Kroger recalls fruit because of Listeria concerns

By Staff reports

Kroger is joining other national grocery store chains recalling more than 15 fruits items purchased between June 1 to July 20.

The fruits may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which may cause severe illness to pregnant women and people with weaker immune systems, Kroger’s recall notice states. The notice is included on each Kroger receipt.

Only fruits marked with the “Sweet2Eat” sticker are involved in the recall.

The recall stems from California-based Wawona Packing Company voluntarily recalling fruits due to the “potential of products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes,” the FDA recall press release states.

The FDA release further states that Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which, “can cause serious and sometimes fatal infectious 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 items may be returned for a full refund. More questions may be directed to Wawona Packing at 1-888-232-9912.

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