Several types of fresh cut fruit sold at Walmart stores in nine states are being recalled for possible listeria contamination. “The recall is a precautionary measure due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes detected on equipment used in an area near where these products are packed,” Country Fresh said in the recall notice. According to the notice, Walmart stores removed the recalled product from store shelves and inventories immediately and consumers who “have any recalled product on the list should not consume it and discard it immediately.” Sliced apples, grapes, mangos, pineapples and cantaloupe are on the recall list. The “best if used by” dates are between October 3, 2020 and October 11, 2020.
The fruit was shipped to Walmart retail distribution centers and sent to select stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Lousiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Country Fresh has not received any reports of illnesses to date. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms such as fever and nausea are common in healthy people but more serious infections are posasible in those with weakened immune systems.