Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Potatoes Recalled in Several States Over Listeria Concerns
Freshouse—a nationwide produce distributor—is recalling Valencia oranges, lemons, limes and red potatoes due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. According to a media release, recalled produce was shipped to distribution centers in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and wholesalers in Maryland and North Carolina. Wegmans also confirmed in a separate recall notice that the produce was sold in their stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and New York (Brooklyn and Harrison locations).
After Freshouse completed routine testing, they identified Listeria bacteria on a piece of equipment in their packing facility. The company said in a media release, “We have ceased the production and distribution of the product that was packed on the equipment in question and are taking corrective actions and continually evaluating our cleaning and sanitation regimes.”
The recalled items can be found below:
Jamey Friedman, president of Freshouse said, “We voluntarily issued this recall out of an abundance of caution with the steadfast intent to minimize even the slightest risk to public health. We take food safety and this recall seriously. Freshouse is committed to providing consumers with fresh, nutritious, safe products.”
Thankfully, no illnesses have been reported to date. Symptoms of Listeria infection may include fever, headache, muscle stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. Listeria infection may also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, and it can be fatal to young children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.
Consumers who bought recalled items should not consume them and should either discard them immediately or return them to their place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may also contact Freshouse at 631-369-7150, Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.