YONKERS, N.Y. — A Yonkers-based company is recalling thousands of cartons of peaches, nectarines, and plums because they may be contaminated with listeria. No illnesses have been reported in connection to the fruits, but anyone who has purchased them recently from Walmart should return them.

The company Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. announced it is recalling 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines and 365 cartons of fresh plums because of possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and people with weakened immune systems, the FDA says. Though healthy people may only suffer short-term symptoms, the recall further states that listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The peaches and nectarines were distributed at Fairway Markets and Walmarts in New York, the FDA says. The possibly contaminated fruits were also distributed to 17 other states.

The peaches and nectarines are sold as a bulk retail produce item with PLU sticker (PLU# 4044, 3035, 4378) showing the country of origin of Chile. Though plums are being recalled in some states, they are not being recalled in New York.

The recall was not the result of any illnesses, but of a routine sampling program by the packaging house which “revealed the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem,” the FDA says.

Anyone who has purchased peaches or nectarines that match the description is urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at compliance@jacvandenberg.com.

Read more from the FDA here.

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Kelsey O'Connor

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