WASHINGTON, DC – After the US Food and Drug Administration found listeria monocytogenes on equipment used near a packing area, Country Fresh has issued a voluntary recall of cut and sliced watermelon, apples, grapes, mangos, pineapples and cantaloupe distributed by Walmart.
The recall impacts fresh fruit items shipped to Walmart distribution centers, then sent to Walmart and RaceTrac stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The products had ‘best if used by’ dates between Oct. 3 – 11. A full list of recalled products can be viewed on the FDA’s website here.
“Country Fresh takes food safety matters very seriously, stringently follows all mandated regulations and implements preventive measures designed to minimize potential risks,” the company said. “Country Fresh is working in close coordination with FDA in its continuing investigation to resolve the matter promptly and deeply regrets the inconvenience to our consumers and customers.”
There have not been any cases of customers getting sick from the fruit.
Both Walmart and RaceTrac have removed the potentially contaminated products from shelves, and the retailers encourage customers to throw out any recalled product that has been purchased.