Food Recall Warning - Sweet 2 Eat brand fresh, whole Peaches, Plums, Nectarines and Pluots, packed by Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California, USA, recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes
(the recall also applies to the USA)
This is why it scares me.
Our local grocery pulled their possibly affected fruit on
I'm really going to try not to stress out over this, since I can't see what else I can do about it. But I wish this wasn't what was on my mind as I enter 3rd trimester. Can it be October already?
In other news, I feel very healthy and Ember is wiggling away.
Update: A little bit more on the food recall. Somewhat reassuringly, it sounds like it was very much a precautionary measure. I suppose to look on the positive side it is good that the USA has such strict laws in place and that the company is taking this measure. What's disturbing though is the huge range of time that fruit could have been consumed. And although there are no official reported cases of illness, internet is full of stories of people claiming to have gotten sick after eating it in the previous 6 weeks. Guess I'll go clean my kitchen with bleach now...
Should you worry? What you need to know about the Listeria fruit recall (Forbes Magazine)
FAQ (Wawona Packing Plant)
Quoted from FAQ:
On July 10, 2014, an Australian Importer notified Wawona Packing that it had detected trace amounts of listeria monocytogenes (LM) on three of the company’s peaches. The fruit was released to the public in Australia because the LM content was within the limits allowed by Australia. The United States has a zero tolerance for listeria monocytogenes (LM). Upon being notified by Australia, Wawona Packing immediately retained a private laboratory to test both the Wawona Packing physical plant as well as product.
On July 17, 2014, the laboratory informed Wawona Packing of three confirmed positive tests for LM on product (two peaches and one nectarine). However, other fruit from the same lot of fruit that tested positive, was in fact negative for listeria monocytogenes (LM), providing proof that not all fruit in the recall is potentially tainted with LM.
From The Packer.com:
Australia, like many other countries, allows for low levels of listeria because levels of less than 100 colony forming units per gram of food “do not present a public risk,” Wawona officials said in the July 21 statement. The peaches that tested positive in Australia had less than 10 units per gram, according to the Wawona statement.