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Illness from Recalled Fruit
updated: Jul 24, 2014, 4:26 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Has anyone else gotten sick (Listeria) from the recalled fruit from Trader Joe's and other stores? The recall is nationwide, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Below are links with the lists of recalled fruits

  • FDA.gov Label Photos
  • FDA.gov List

    Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

     COMMENT 539100 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 04:36 PM

    No but thank goodness we're safe from fiesta street vendors!

    Will trader joes et al be fined, have their cash confiscated?


     COMMENT 539105 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 04:43 PM

    We only buy local fruit from the farmers' market so no.


     COMMENT 539108 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 04:48 PM

    No, the parking lots make me too sick to deal with shopping there.


     COMMENT 539116 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 04:58 PM

    For the love of god, 105 and 108. Thank you for reminding me so succinctly why I absolutely can't *wait* to get the hell out of Santa Barbara. In case I'm being too vague: it's the people.


     COMMENT 539117 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 04:59 PM

    I don't think what Trader Joe's calls fruit is actually fruit. It's kind if like the new product, Cake in a Can. Who actually knows where it comes from, or what is in it??? Stick with your local farmers market and get to know your growers.


     COMMENT 539121 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 05:03 PM

    No, I'm pretty sure it's fruit. Looks like fruit, feels like fruit, tastes like fruit. It's fruit.


     COMMENT 539128 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 05:14 PM

    116 - You'll be missed.


     COMMENT 539130 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 05:15 PM

    No I haven't. But thank you for the link to the list.
    Hope you feel better soon.


     COMMENT 539134 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 05:20 PM

    People - This is a serious recall. Listeria is the 3rd leading cause of death from food poisoning. How about avoiding the snide comments for awhile? The fruit is coming from various stores, it doesn't matter if it's TJ's or not. The store is not the problem, the grower or packing company is the problem. As stated, the recall is nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control, listeriosis is a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. The bacteria is commonly found in soil and water.
    The largest listeriosis outbreak in U.S. history occurred in 2011, when 147 illnesses, 33 deaths, and 1 miscarriage occurred among residents of 28 states; the outbreak was associated with consumption of cantaloupe from a single farm.


     COMMENT 539135P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 05:21 PM

    116- you made me laugh out loud.


     COMMENT 539137 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 05:23 PM

    The last report I heard was that no one had gotten sick so far - it was a precautionary recall. I have not had any problems and I bought and used nearly all those types at TJ's and Ralph's. Gots to have my stone fruit - it's Summer.


     COMMENT 539144 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 05:37 PM

    No, but the last mango I got from TJs was the bitterest thing I ever came across. Whoever heard of a bitter ripe mango? Must be a new fangled hipster thing, imported specially.


     COMMENT 539165 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 06:30 PM

    I got sick. When I reported it this morning, they told me the calls were starting to pour in.


     COMMENT 539168 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 06:44 PM

    What? A licensed, regulated, taxed and approved institution has food that is making people sick? Well I'll be. So much for government oversight, or this IS government over-sight? Guess I'll have to take a chance on those fiesta burritos. Hold the fruit.

    116 good luck in Georgia/Alabama/Florida. Please don't let the door hit you on the way out unless it will propel you onward. Ten minutes after arriving there you will run for your life and be back here in 15 minutes, eating crow (meat, a protein source) and hats (a source of veges, straw mostly). No Trader Joes there, just a Walmart. No veggies either, just steak, potatoes and butter. Yee. Ha.


     COMMENT 539176 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 06:58 PM

    @144: You must have gotten one of the new kale-flavored mangoes. I hear the vejjans are suspicious of mangoes because they taste good, so to counter that, they developed mangoes flavored with kale, eggplant and chard.


     COMMENT 539178 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 07:05 PM

    116, take a few panhandlers with you while you're at it. We'll appreciate it.


     AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 07:10 PM

    Rex for the win!


     COMMENT 539200 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 08:48 PM

    not a big fan of their produce


     COMMENT 539201P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 08:53 PM

    We've never had a problem with T.J.'s produce. It's not always the best, but we have had some great organic blueberries and organic apples from there.

    As for the parking lots: Know when to go. When in doubt, ask the employees. They can tell you the least busy times to shop there. I LOVE Trader Joe's. I just hope they're telling the truth about all of their corn and soy being non-GMO.


     COMMENT 539214P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-24 10:30 PM

    116 Another way of looking at 105's comment is that he/she is supporting local growers instead of buying fruit trucked or flown in from other sources. Our local farmers need all the support they can get.


     COMMENT 539225P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 12:08 AM

    214P - I agree. Rex, you made me laugh out loud :-)


     COMMENT 539233 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 03:29 AM

    Support your local Farmer's Market!


     COMMENT 539236P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 05:01 AM

    Seems there are some assumptions and invalid fears posted. Of course it's right to be concerned, but information is good. I work with seniors and alerted care agencies and individuals on July 21. I knew about this recall by reading the aggregate news site I look at every morning.
    It's so easy to obtain information through the internet.

    I shopped at Ralph's that day (TJ's fruit is too expensive for me), was told about the issue verbally, and the description and PLU number (price look-up code) of every recalled fruit was printed on my receipt. I think that number is on the fruit sticker. Maybe not. Only this brand name was involved and it is on the sticker on each individual piece of fruit: "Sweet 2 Eat."

    Here's the recall notice on FDA site:

    "The products, being recalled by Wawona Packing Company of California, may also show the Wawona or Harvest Sweet brand names. Stickers on individual fruit have the Sweet 2 Eat brand name, and there are 45 packaging variations for the fruits involved."

    photos & ID #s of products:

    The company took the initiative and instituted a preventive recall. The plant has been disinfected and tested and came up negative. Not sure if they're processing at this time.

    Can't blame a retailer. The possible contamination happened at the processing plant/wholesaler. Ralphs/Kroger, Trader Joe's, Costco, Walmart/Sam's Club and possibly others, and Canada, received the fruit that was recalled.

    Regarding industrial and mega-agriculture, how else do we feed 317 million Americans?! (actually, we start by reducing how many animals we raise and eat, and decrease monoculture, and lots of other things, but that's a separate issue.) Isn't that population number mind boggling? It is to me.

    Recalls happen all the time. There are dozens, if not one hundred or more every month. We don't hear about each one. If you're concerned, sign up for online alerts... [ more ]


     COMMENT 539237P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 05:09 AM

    Sorry, OP, this took a long time to sink in:

    "Has anyone ELSE gotten sick (Listeria) from the recalled fruit..."

    Go to the dr. immediately. If you're the only one, you could become a millionaire if you sue.

    "How do I know if I have listeriosis?

    If you become very sick with fever and muscle aches or stiff neck, or if you develop fever and chills while pregnant, consult your doctor immediately. A blood or spinal fluid test (to look for the bacteria) will show if you have listeriosis.

    Listeria is found in the environment and all people are exposed to it regularly. Therefore, there is no clinical value in performing laboratory testing on asymptomatic patients, even if higher risk.

    For symptomatic patients, diagnosis is confirmed only after isolation of Listeria monocytogenes from a normally sterile site, such as blood, spinal fluid (in the setting of nervous system involvement), or amniotic fluid/placenta (in the setting of pregnancy). Stool samples are of limited use and are not recommended. ... You can expect that that the cultures will take 1-2 days for growth.

    **Importantly, a negative culture does not rule out infection in the presence of strong clinical suspicion.**

    Serological tests are unreliable, and not recommended at the present time."


     COMMENT 539245 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 06:56 AM

    And one other thing; according to one of the websites I was researching this on it stated that the symptoms can sometimes take up to 2 months to appear.


     ARCHIE agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 08:03 AM

    Mesa Produce for me.


     COMMENT 539296 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 08:37 AM

    I wonder how many SB people consider themselves "envriomentalists" and do not understand buying fruit from sources other then local farmers increases your carbon footprint big time. It wipes away your prius points 20 fold.


     COMMENT 539297 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 08:39 AM

    My boyfriend and I were sick with the stiff/painful neck, bad balance, headaches and diarrhea for two weeks and fever for a few days. We didn't know what caused it but it went away after a while. (not being insured sucks! we just waited it out) Now, looking back, we're pretty sure that it was from yellow peaches we ate over the forth of July from TJ's. Oh well.

    I agree with Archie. Mesa Produce for us now! (I just wish they were a little cheaper, but I totally understand why they charge what they do and its still a good price, with only a slight mark up from the farmer's market...) I just wish it wasn't 8 bucks for a tiny (local) watermelon (in season)!


     COMMENT 539301 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 08:50 AM

    297: What about signing up for Obamacare?


     COMMENT 539309 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 09:18 AM

    What kind of fruit? Apples? Peaches? That would help in the reporting.


     COMMENT 539333 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 09:55 AM

    @116 - on a day like today it would be great to have one less person enjoying our amazing weather. You might like it in Arizona - Phoenix hit 116 yesterday.


     COMMENT 539347P agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 10:04 AM

    Wash your fruit and vegetables. Everybody touches it, especially at the outdoor markets. Watch the dozens and dozens picking up and squeezing and setting down.


     ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 10:35 AM

    I have shingles but the illness totally sounds the same..hmmmm..


     COMMENT 539389 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 10:59 AM

    116- we could be great friends. I can't wait to move away and never look back! The self-righteous attitude here is sickening.

    OP- haven't gotten sick, thanks for the heads up! I will be more careful.


     COMMENT 539391 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 11:01 AM

    Ouch sorry Rodger. Shingles sucks!


     COMMENT 539416 agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 12:19 PM

    Gelsons fruit is great and also safe...delicious peaches (frog grotto brand)...Jeez folks some of you sound so mean.:(


     DOG MOM agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-25 01:14 PM

    Had no problem eating the T.J.'s peaches and enjoying them without getting ill.
    Love the comment, Rex of SB!!
    Some people cannot afford the Farmer's Market prices......
    A produce storefront I once went to, has been buying Driscoll raspberries little containers & repackaging them into the little green cardboard boxes that the berries from North County come in.


     ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

    2014-07-26 11:33 AM

    I wish shingles did suck that would make me feel better.


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