FDA Issues Recall on Pineapple and Frozen Fruit

The US FDA has announced that the Scenic Fruit Company, based in Gresham, Oregon, is recalling bags of frozen pineapple that may be contaminated with listeria. The affected pineapple is from the Cadia brand and was sold in retail stores in California, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Oregon, and Texas. These bags weigh 10 ounces.

Additionally, bags of Trader Joe’s frozen fruit mix, known as Organic Tropical Fruit Mix (Pineapple, Banana, Strawberry, Mango), are also being recalled. These bags weigh 16 ounces and were distributed throughout the country.

Recalled Trader Joe’s Organic Tropical Fruit Mix Distributed Nationwide

In light of the situation, we recommend that individuals who have purchased Trader Joe’s Organic Tropical Fruit Mix should be aware of the recall. This product was distributed to centers or stores in AK, AL, CT, CO, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, and Washington DC from March 28, 2023, to April 11, 2023.

The FDA Warns About Listeria and Its Potential Dangers

The FDA highlights that the recall was initiated following a withdrawal by Sunrise Growers Inc. due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can cause severe infections, especially in young children, frail or elderly individuals, and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of infection include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Pregnant women are at risk of spontaneous abortions and stillbirths if they contract listeriosis.

The FDA emphasizes that there have been no reported illnesses associated with this voluntary recall. To ensure safety, consumers are advised to dispose of the affected products or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Further questions can be directed to the company at [email protected].

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Listeria and Listeriosis: Causes and Symptoms

Listeriosis is caused by the pathogenic bacterium listeria, which can be found in humid environments, soil, water, and vegetation. It has the ability to survive refrigeration and other food preservation methods. Transmission of listeria occurs during the harvesting, processing, preparation, packaging, transportation, or storage of food in contaminated environments, says the FDA.

The symptoms of listeriosis can appear within two hours to three days after consuming contaminated food. The most common symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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