In a development totally in keeping with 2020, another food recall has been announced. Several Country Fresh “Freshness Guaranteed” fruit products have been pulled from shelves at some Walmart stores due to potential listeria contamination.
The voluntary recall, which was issued Oct. 2, includes pre-cut and sliced apples, mangoes, grapes, pineapple, and cantaloupe. The fruit in question was packaged in clamshell containers of various sizes with “best if used by” dates ranging between Oct. 3 and Oct. 11.
This is an expansion of an Oct. 1 recall of Country Fresh watermelon chunks, also resulting from listeria fears, which affected Walmart and RaceTrac locations in Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas.
The fruit that is part of the expanded recall was sold at Walmart locations across nine Southern and Midwestern states including Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. (No other Walmart store locations were affected.)
According to a statement from Country Fresh, the recall was a “precautionary measure” due to the detection of Listeria monocytogenes on equipment used in an area near where the fruit is packed. Thankfully, the company has yet to receive any reports of illness—but if you purchased any fruit that is part of the recall, toss it to be safe.
Individuals who consume food contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes may contract listeriosis which can cause headaches, nausea, diarrhea, and in rare cases death for the very young, elderly, and immune-compromised. The F.D.A. warns that symptoms may not appear for up to three days after consumption.
Read more about the Country Fresh voluntary recall for additional information.
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