The United States Health Authority, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has ordered the removal of a batch of peaches, nectarines and fresh plums from Chile after detecting that they have the potential to be infected with listeria bacteria.
A total of 1727 boxes of peaches, 1,207 boxes of nectarines and 365 boxes of plums were distributed in small shops and large supermarket chains such as Aldi, Kostko and Walmart.
The FDA also pointed out that the products are packed in bags under the Rio Duero brand.
According to information from the FDA, which ordered the withdrawal on Thursday, the fruits are distributed in stores in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia.
The American media reported that there have been no reports of people affected by listeria infection so far.
The FDA warns that the listeria bacterium is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes lethal infections in young children, the infirm or the elderly, and others with a weakened immune system.
He also pointed out that while healthy people suffer only from short-term symptoms such as fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause spontaneous abortions in pregnant women.
The FDA specifies that withdrawal is the result of a routine sampling program conducted by the packaging company that revealed that the end products contain the bacteria.