New York’s Wegmans stores warn of potential fruit contamination

Wegmans stores in New York issued a recall on Friday, March 18, 2022, due to possible contamination of fruit products. Pre-cut fruit can contain bacteria that can kill babies and people with weakened immune systems. Products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. According to for disease control centers,

Listeriosis can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the person and the part of the body affected. Listeria can cause fever and diarrhea like other foodborne germs, but this type of Listeria infection is rarely diagnosed. People with invasive listeriosis typically report symptoms beginning 1 to 4 weeks after eating foods contaminated with Listeria; some people have reported symptoms beginning as late as 70 days after exposure or as early as the day of exposure.

Pre-cut fruits include watermelon and pineapple. If you have any of the products below, return it to a Wegmans store for a full refund.

If your product has an 8 digit code under the expiration date as follows: 02101XXX which indicates that the packaging is not affected by this recall and is safe to consume.

With the official start of spring on Sunday, March 20, many people may have purchased pre-cut fruit for salads, cocktails or just to enjoy on their own, so it’s unfortunate there’s been a recall.

Photo by Gabriel Yuji on Unsplash

picture by Gabriel Yuji to Unsplash

The following products have been recalled by the company:

10 oz Wegmans Brand FYFGA Watermelon Chunks
Expiry date: 03/15, 03/18, 03/20/, 03/22
UPC: 7789020906, 77890133497

24 oz Wegmans Brand FYFGA Small Watermelon Hearts
Expiry date: 03/16, 03/19, 03/21, 03/23
UPC: 7789010030, 7789093809

32 oz Wegmans Brand FYFGA Watermelon Chunks Family-Pack
Expiry date: 03/16, 03/19, 03/21, 03/23
UPC: 7789024661, 7789025238

32 oz Wegmans Brand FYFGA Pineapple Spears Family-Pack
Expiry date: 03/17, 03/20, 03/22, 03/24
UPC: 7789025184

32 oz Wegmans Brand FYFGA Cantaloupe Spears Family-Pack
Expiry date: 03/16, 03/19, 03/21, 03/23
UPC: 7789026057

32 oz Wegmans Brand FYFGA Melon Trio Family-Pack
Expiry date: 03/16, 03/19, 03/21, 03/23
UPC: 7789030568, 7789049552

If you have any questions, you can contact Wegmans at 1-855-934-3663, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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