A Walmart fruit recall is currently in progress due to possible contamination with Listeria. In particular, Walmart and RaceTrac stores in eight states are recalling various types of precut and cut fruit.
On October 1, Country Fresh issued a precautionary recall for sliced watermelons and pre-arranged fruit bowls and containers of mixed fruit sold in Walmart and RaceTrac stores in five states due to possible Listeria contamination, according to the company’s press release.
The company expanded the recall on October 3 to include sliced apples, grapes, mangoes, melons, and pineapples at Walmart and RaceTrac locations in eight states (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas ) were sold). Stores immediately removed the recalled products from their shelves, but customers may have purchased the products before they were recalled.
To date, there have been no cases of illness related to the Walmart fruit recall. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined the presence of Listeria monocytogenes According to an FDA press release, bacteria were found on a device near the packaging location of the product during a recent inspection.
Like many foodborne diseases, Listeria infection brings with it some uncomfortable symptoms. People who are otherwise healthy rarely develop serious complications from Listeria, but they can have a fever, diarrhea, muscle pain, chills, and nausea, as SELF previously reported. If the infection spreads to your nervous system, you may experience a stiff neck, headache, confusion, and dizziness, according to the Mayo Clinic.
These symptoms usually start within one to four weeks after consuming food contaminated with listeria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain. However, some people reported symptoms as early as the same day they ate the contaminated food or as late as 70 days later.
Listeria infections are the greatest risk for pregnant women, newborns, people over 65, and people with compromised immune systems, according to the CDC. It can be particularly devastating to pregnant people as Listeria can affect the fetus even if the pregnant person does not experience severe symptoms. In some cases, the infection can lead to miscarriages, stillbirths, premature births, or life-threatening infections in the baby within a few days of birth.
Doctors can diagnose listeria infection (also called listeriosis) by examining a culture of bacteria taken from body tissue or a body fluid such as blood, spinal fluid, or placenta, according to the CDC. Most often, a blood test is the best way to diagnose a listeria infection, says the Mayo Clinic. People with milder symptoms of listeriosis usually don̵
If you live in any of the affected states, please see the FDA website for a list of the affected watermelon products and non-watermelon product codes that are part of the recall. Take a look at your products to see if you have any potentially contaminated fruit. The best before dates for the watermelon are until October 4th, and the other affected fruits have best before dates between October 3rd, 2020 and October 11th, 2020.
If you have any of the contaminated products, Country Fresh recommends throwing it away right away and definitely not eating it. And if you think you might have symptoms of listeriosis after consuming affected products, speak to your doctor and report this to your local health department so they can better follow up on the problem.