The Plain Dealer reports that the large-scale recall of fruit this week has now grown to include Canada and other countries due to the discovery of the listeria bacteria on the fruit in Australia. Included in the recall are peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots that were distributed to several retailers.
Listeria, a food-borne bacterium, can cause people to become sick and possibly die. It causes an infection called Listeriosis.
From The Plain Dealer:
“On July 10, an Australian importer found three peaches positive for listeria, though at levels that were low enough to be considered safe for human consumption in that country. The fruit was released to the market there, but the company was notified. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not allow any listeria on food, so the company tested its products and began the recall after confirming the presence of the bacteria in another sample of the fruit.”
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