Kiwi is a great summer snack: it’s delicious in a fruit salad and really tasty on its own, too. But you might want to pay special attention to what’s in your vegetables because a group of them are just called out, according to the statement Released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
On August 8, David Oppenheimer and Company I, LLC—which sells under the brand name Zespri in the United States—announced the recall of its organic kiwis due to possible listeria contamination. According to the statement, the infected fruit was sold in 14 states.
The potentially contaminated products were sold in one-pound clamshell packages under the Zespri brand and labeled “Organic Green Kiwifruit.” The Kiwi was shipped between June 14, 2023, and July 7, 2023 to Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Affected products have UPC code 818849020093 and contain fruit labels with barcode GTIN 94009552.
According to the release, the company became aware of a possible listeria contamination after the Kentucky Department of Public Health conducted routine sampling on July 7. To date, there have been no reports of illnesses associated with the retrieval process. To make sure it stays that way, the company recommends checking your fruit, and if you see any infected kiwis, throwing them in the trash. Seriously, even if it looks delicious and ripe – don’t eat it!
This is because an infection caused by a listeriosis bacterium — called listeriosis — can be really serious. Symptoms can include fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or seizures (in severe cases), and usually appear within two weeks after eating the affected items. In most people, listeriosis infection is mild, but it can be more serious for those who are pregnant, older than 65, or who have a weakened immune system, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you think you may have eaten the recalled fruit or are experiencing any of the effects listed above, speak with your healthcare provider.
What’s more, Listeria is a “hardy” bacterium, and Center for Disease Control He says. It can spread to fruit that comes into contact with contaminated surfaces in the processing plant, and it can grow in the refrigerator and even in the freezer as well, according to reports. Food and Drug Administration. Cooking food to a high temperature can kill bacteria, but this is not entirely a practical solution for produce such as kiwi that is meant to be eaten fresh. This is why the recall recommends discarding any infected fruit.
David Oppenheimer and Company I, LLC did not include stores that sold recalled fruit in their statement. However, according to Zespri’s websiteTypically, major retailers like Whole Foods, Walmart, and Costco sell that brand of kiwi. If you have any questions about returns, you can contact the company at 1-866-698-2580 Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM PDT. Bottom line: While summer is the best time to eat this delicious fruit, it shouldn’t come at the expense of your well-being – so check your kiwi carefully.