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Local grocery stores say fruit safe after national recall





Officials with Hays' grocery stores are saying the peaches and plums on their shelves are safe to eat following a national recall that began July 19.

Peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots from California-based Wawona Packing Co. were recalled due to a possible risk of listeria contamination.

The potentially affected fruit would have been purchased between June 1 and July 20. The recall had a "very limited" effect on Dillons grocery stores, spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie said.

"All of the fresh, stoned fruits that are available in our stores ... have been secured through a different grower," she said. "So all of the fresh fruits customers would find in our store have not been affected by the recall."

Dillons, for the most part, already had ceased using Wawona before the recall, Lowrie said.

Any items that were included in the recall were removed from store shelves promptly, she said, noting she could not pinpoint which specific stores might have had the potentially tainted fruit.

Dillons customers who might have purchased affected fruit will be notified on their next two shopping receipts after the recall, and some might have received an automated phone call.

Brian Nick, a spokesman with Walmart's corporate office, said the Hays store did not have any fruit affected by the recall.

"There were certain Walmarts in other parts of the country that were affected because of the supplier, but yours was not affected," he said of the Hays store.

According to a press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the voluntarily recall was initiated based on internal company testing.

The recalled products include the following brands: Sweet 2 Eat, Sweet 2 Eat Organic and Mrs. Smittcamp's, according to the release.

Listeria symptoms include gastrointestinal issues, fever, headaches and stiffness. Pregnant women, infants and older adults are most at-risk for complications.