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Metro Richmond grocery stores affected by nationwide voluntary fruit recall

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Grocery stores across the Richmond Metro are taking part in a nationwide voluntary fruit recall due to concerns about a possible listeria contamination.

The stores pulling peaches, nectarines and plums from their shelves include Trader Joe's, Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's and Martin's.  There is a concern the fruit came from a California company, Wawona Packing, which may have been contaminated with the bacteria.  Some consumers are checking their grocery lists.

"I wouldn't buy it, until they say it's taken care of," Howard Miller said.

Health experts say listeria can be deadly, especially for people whose immune systems are more vulnerable.

"Pregnant women, elderly people, newborn babies, they are much more susceptible to infection," said deputy state epidemiologist at the Virginia Department of Health Dr. Laurie Forlano.

"If you're aware that you consumed this product and you're feeling ill, a flu-like illness or gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea within, say, two months of eating that product, definitely talk to your doctor," she said.

Christy Bakes is due to give birth in seven weeks, but she is now checking the peaches at her house. "It is concerning just providing decent healthy food to my family and myself, with a baby on the way," she said.

According to Wawona, the summer fruits were sold to retailers or wholesalers who re-sell the product, so the brand differs at each store. For example: at Trader Joe's its sold under the store's name. At Sam's Club and BJ's it's "Sweet 2 Eat." At Martin's it's sold under 'organic' or Orchard Perfect. Trader Joe's and Martin's have pulled the product from its shelves.

Martin's says it has destroyed all the fruit involved and alerted 12,000 customers who may have purchased the fruti to return it to the store.

The potentially contaminated fruit from Wawona was sold between July 1 and July 12.  Some stores, like Martin's, have extended the date to July 21.  Trader Joe's extended the date to July 18.  Consumers are being told to throw the produce away.  Martin's and Trader Joe's are offering refunds with a receipt. 

For a list of brands that are part of the recall click here.

For photos of the packaging and to read the press release from Wawona Packing, click here.

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