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Recall of Fruit from Chile


The FDA has issued a recall notice for approximately 3,000 cartons of fresh peaches, nectarines and plums imported from Chile. The fruit was distributed to retailers including Aldi, Costco, Fairway Market and Walmart in 18 states. Routine sampling yielded Listeria and an investigation has been initiated by the importer JAC.Vandenberg, Inc.

This company imports and distributed over 12 million cartons of fresh produce annually from 11 nations.

There are no reports of illness associated with this recall. Preemptive assay of imported food products after arrival in the U.S. is a valuable precaution contributing to both public health and the image and integrity of the company concerned. The FDA apparently only conducts organoleptic examination of less than two percent of imported food. Accordingly it is now the responsibility of importers to conduct microbiological and toxicological monitoring to ensure wholesomeness.