As convenient and delicious as fresh-cut fruit from the grocery store can be, be sure to proceed with caution over the next few weeks. The Food and Drug Administration announced on Sunday that various products processed by Fruit Fresh Up, which is sold at Wegmans and other New York-area grocery stores, have been potentially exposed to the organism. Listeria monocytogenes.
The full report, available here, details that the dangerous bacteria were found on packaging as well as on preparation surfaces used in the production process. More than 30 products are included in the voluntary recall, including cut fruits and vegetables — such as watermelon chunks, pineapple wedges and cantaloupe — as well as pre-made dips.
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Listeria monocytogenes, commonly known as listeria, can pose a more serious threat to the health of young children and the elderly, as well as anyone with a weakened immune system. Symptoms of a listeria infection in an otherwise healthy person can manifest as high fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and more. Infections in pregnant women can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
The products in question can also be identified by their expiry dates. Any fruit with a date printed between March 5, 2022 and March 23, 2022 that matches the previous description should be discarded immediately.
As of the publication date of this article, no illnesses have been reported. For a complete list of recalled products, visit the FDA’s company announcement page.
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