Country Fresh, which packages precut apples, grapes, mangos, pineapples and cantaloupe for distribution to retailers including Walmart, voluntary recalled the items after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration discovered Listeria monocytogenes on equipment used in an area where the products are packaged.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that is capable of causing serious and potentially fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA.
Healthy people may only suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. However, the FDA warns that it can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The recall affects fresh fruit items that were sent to Walmart stores located in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The “best if used by” dates fall between Oct. 3 and Oct. 11, the FDA said.
The FDA says that customers who have any recalled products on the list should not consume the items and should dispose of it immediately.
Country Fresh has not reported any illnesses to date, but the products are being removed from store shelves and inventories immediately, according to the FDA.