Fruit recalled nationwide over listeria fears

Fruit is recalled nationwide over listeria fears: Routine sampling finds bacteria in cartons sold to Walmart, Costco, Aldi and more

  • Thousands of cartons were recalled today after a routine sampling in New York
  • The plums, peaches and nectarines from Chile may contain listeria 

Mia De Graaf Health Editor For

Thousands of cartons of peaches, plums and nectarines have been recalled across the US over fears of listeria contamination.

The fruit, sold in stores including Walmart, Costco and Fairway, all came from a plant in New York, which sources from Chile.

Their produce is distributed to Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia.

The company voluntarily pulled its products from the shelves after a routine sampling found traces of listeria.

No illnesses have yet been reported. 

The recalled fruit was produced by Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. of Yonkers, New York

The recalled fruit was produced by Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. of Yonkers, New York

The recalled fruit was produced by Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. of Yonkers, New York



States: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia 

Products: Nectarines, Peaches, Plums


States: California 

Products: Nectarines

Fairway Market 

States: New York 

Products: Nectarines, Peaches


States: Maine 

Products: Peaches

Market Basket

States: Massachusetts 

Products: Nectarines, Peaches


States: Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia 

Products: Nectarines (MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV), Peaches (KY, NJ, NY, OH, PA, WV)

Listeria is one of the most common bacterium that causes food poisoning in America, but contrary to other bacterium, its effects can take a while to take hold. 

It causes listeriosis, which is characterized by diarrhea and fever, within one to four weeks of infection, though the USDA FSIS says some people can take up to 70 days to show symptoms. 

The recalled fruit was produced by Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. of Yonkers, New York. 

Overall, the recall included 1,727 cartons of peaches, 1,207 cartons of nectarines and 365 cartons of plums, according to the FDA.

The affected fruit bear the following PLU (Price Look-Up) stickers:

Peaches and nectarines, which were sold in bulk, bore the PLU (Price Look-Up) sticker numbers 4044, 3035, 4378. Their stickers also indicated that they came from Chile. 

Aldi’s peaches, nectarines and plums came in two-pound bags. Their labels indicated that they were made by the brand Rio Duero, which is also Chilean. They bore the EAN (European Article Number) numbers: 7804650090281, 7804650090298, 7804650090304. 

Costco’s nectarines, sold in a four-pound plastic bag, also from Rio Duero, bore the EAN number 7804650090212. 

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