Martins, Giant Food Stores Recall Fruit Due to Potential Contamination

WHAG NEWS - Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets announced Tuesday they removed from sale numerous fruit products due to a potential Listeria contamination.

Following a recall by Wawona Packing Company, the stores removed organic peaches and nectarines and certain Orchard Perfect peaches, nectarines and plums due to the potential contamination. 

Giant and Martin's have received no reports of illnesses from the fruit to date. However, they're stating anyone who purchased the fruit between June 1 and July 21, 2014 should discard any unused portions and bring their receipt to Giant/Martin's for a full refund. 

According to the release, Listeria is a common organism found in nature. Consumption of contaminated food can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease.

Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, sever headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections on those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy, the release said. 

The following products are included in this recall: 
  • Organic nectarines PLU 94378
  • Organic peaches PLU 94044
  • Orchard Perfect nectarines PLU 4378 and PLU 4036
  • Orchard Perfect peaches PLU 4044 and PLU 4038
  • Orchard Perfect white peaches PLU 4401
  • Orchard Perfect black plums PLU 4040
  • Orchard Perfect white nectarines PLU 3035

Anyone looking for additional information on the recall may call Wawona Packing Company at 1-888-232-9912. Customers may also call Giant/Martin's Customer Service at 1-888-814-4268 for more information. 

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