Frozen fruit products distributed to Walmart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Target, Aldi and AWG stores in more than 30 states have been voluntarily recalled due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Sunrise Growers Inc., a subsidiary of SunOpta Inc., announced Wednesday in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it has announced a voluntary recall of certain frozen fruit products related to pineapples from third-party suppliers.
In the recall notice, SunOpta and the FDA urged consumers to check their freezers for the recalled product, do not consume it, and either discard the product or return it to the store for a full refund.
“Our commitment to food safety is our top priority. Sunrise Growers has ended all future business with third-party suppliers,” the company said in a statement.
For a complete list of products, lot codes, expiration dates, and other relevant recalled product information from the FDA, please click here.
A number of generic and brand-name products affected by the recall were distributed to six major retailers. All of the products listed below written by the FDA are part of the voluntary recall.
Walmart: AR, AZ, CA, CO, DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MN, MO, 1/19/2023 to 6/13/2023 MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TX, UT, VA, WV and WY
whole foods: 365 Organic Tropical Fruit Medley, 365 Organic Pineapple Chunks, 365 Pineapple Chunks, 365 Organic Whole Strawberries, 365 Organic Sliced Strawberries & Bananas, 365 Organic Blackberries from November 1, 2022 to June 21, 2023 It was distributed in select stores across the United States by 12:00.
Trader Joe’s: Trader Joe’s Organic Tropical Fruit Blend is AK, AL, CT, CO, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NE, March 28, 2023 NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI and Washington DC through April 11, 2023
target: Good & Gather Organic Cherry & Berry Fruit Blend, Good & Gather Dark Sweet Whole Cherry, Good & Gather Mango Strawberry Blend, Good & Gather Mixed Fruit Blend, Good & Gather Mango Chunk, Good & Gather Blueberry, Good & Gather Triple Berry Blend Nationwide distribution from October 14, 2022 to May 22, 2023
Aldi: AL, AR, CT, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NY, OH, OK, October 11, 2022 to May 22, 2023 PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT and WV by
Associated Wholesale Grocery Stores (AWG): Red Tart Cherries Minus Best Choice Seeds distributed to select distribution centers or stores in KS, MO, NE and OK between April 5, 2023 and May 4, 2023 To date, there have been no illnesses associated with this voluntary recall. .
“All other Sunrise Growers products with different lot codes or expiration dates are not affected by this recall. Affected retail customers have been notified of this recall and have been instructed to remove the recalled product from retail store shelves and inventory.
Listeria health risks
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, listeria can cause serious illness when “the bacteria spread beyond the intestines to other parts of the body” after a person eats contaminated food. High-risk groups include pregnant women, people over age 65, or people with weakened immune systems, the CDC says.
“If you are pregnant, it can cause loss of pregnancy, premature delivery, or life-threatening infections in your newborn,” the CDC says on its website. “Other people can get listeria too, but they rarely get seriously ill.”
According to the CDC, anyone infected with listeria can experience “mild symptoms of food poisoning,” such as diarrhea or fever, and many recover without antibiotic treatment.
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