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US firm recalls listeria-contaminated nectarines

Staff writer, with CNA

Importers have been instructed to halt sales of nectarines sourced from a central California company after it issued a recall amid concerns that the fruit may be contaminated with listeria, authorities said on Tuesday.

Wawona Packing Co last week announced the voluntary recall of fruit shipped between June 1 and July 12 after consulting with the US Food and Drug Administration.

Wawona’s president said in a statement that he is not aware of any illnesses caused by the produce contaminated with the bacteria so far, but that anyone with peaches, nectarines, plums or pluots (plum-apricot hybrids) purchased from affected stores should throw them away.

Listeria can cause flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, nausea and diarrhea, and may be deadly to children and the elderly. It may also cause miscarriages or stillbirths.

The symptoms of food poisoning caused by eating listeria-

contaminated food varies because of demographics such as age, gender and natural resistance, said Pan Chih-kuan (潘志寬), director of the Food Safety Division of Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration.

The division’s records show that potentially contaminated nectarines have been imported and has informed importers to issue a recall.

There have been no reports of illnesses caused by the fruit so far, he said.

Pan also advised people traveling to the US to avoid purchasing or eating the nectarines in question.

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