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Company recalls fruit distributed at Costco, other stores

By Associated Press & Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:19 a.m. HST, Jul 22, 2014

CUTLER, Calif. >> A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

Wawona Packing says on its website that no illnesses have been reported and the recall is a precautionary measure.

The company said the recalled fruit was packed and shipped to retailers from June 1 through July 12. The company said it is issuing a nationwide recall because  it cannot say where the product was shipped. The fruits were sold to retailers, who redistributed it.

Retailers that received the fruit include Costco, Sam's Club and Trader Joe's.

The state Health Department, Costco and Sam's Club were unable to say Monday night if the products were distributed in Hawaii.

The recall came after internal testing at the packing house in Tulare County.

Officials say they shut down the lines, retrofitted some equipment and sanitized the facility. Subsequent tests have been negative.

Clovis-based Wawona Frozen Foods is a separate company and is not involved in the voluntary recall.

Listeria bacteria can cause a dangerous flu-like illness.

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