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Widespread Stone Fruit Recall in NJ Markets - Listeria

"Consumers warned to toss fresh fruit; N.J. supermarkets impacted by recall.
New Jersey residents are reporting that at least one area supermarket chain has called customers warning about a fresh fruit recall. Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif. voluntarily recalled some lots of peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots packed between June 1 and July 12..."

"According to a CBS report today, Wawona distributes its products to Sam's Club, BJ's Wholesale Club, Trader Joe's, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods, Costco and other large food retailers."

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  1. How did a supermarket get the customers phone numbers?

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    1. re: equal_Mark

      Probably from their loyalty card programs and check cashing applications.

      1. re: equal_Mark

        Last week at Wegmans I bought nectarines and plums. They called me yesterday about the recall. I used my shoppers club card at checkout so they were able to trace the sale.

      2. Yes, I got a call from Wegmans as well. They tracked it through the club card. Unfortunately, the fruit is long gone - eaten by my 11 mo old. Luckily all ok

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        1. re: stack_c

          Glad everyone's ok. So far this looks like an abundance of caution and no victims. Better than the reverse.

        2. I got the call for Wegmans Bridgewater yesterday we purchased peaches in June !!! I presume we are ok no deaths yet !!!!!

          1. Bought a box of peaches at the beginning of July from TJ's and almost finished the box! Thank goodness nothing happened!

            1. Yes, we had 4 nectarines that DH bought at WF a few days ago and sure enough they had the "Sweet 2 Eat" stickers. They are being returned today because I have an autoimmune disease and don't want to chance it. It's a good thing I just happened to read an alert on FB from one of my friends.

              1. I try and not eat California peaches and I make a point of it seeking out the produce guy should a fruit not have a label on it. Not for the lysteria issue, but that they typically suck, tastewise. I was at Wegman's yesterday and loved that they had local NJ grown peaches there. Peaches and balsamic - nothing better as a side summer dish.

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                1. re: ParadiseWaits

                  Yeah, I don't think I've ever had a peach or nectarine from CA (here in NJ) that was actually good. They never seem to ripen properly. Haven't bought them in years. I eat my fill of local fruits in the summer when I know they are actually fresh. Sad that the supermarkets are full of CA peaches and blueberries when we have such good ones available here :(

                  1. re: ParadiseWaits

                    that's because we're sending you the dregs ;) i grew up on the east coast and now live in the bay area... there is no comparison. the stone fruits out here are insanely good when in season.

                    More seriously, the real issue and why we have the geographic preferences is likely due to the ripening. When i buy from my farmers market vendor, the peaches and such are perfectly ripe and may even be too ripe by the end of the week if not eaten. i'm sure its the same for you in Jersey. But to ship from CA to NJ or vice versa, I assume you'd have pick way before the optimal time.

                    1. re: FattyDumplin

                      I wasn't knocking CA fruits per se -- I know it's the picking and shipping methods that make them suck. They are picked when rock hard and shipped cold. I'm sure they are good when consumed in CA in season! Which is why you should eat your CA-grown fruit, and we should eat our NJ-grown fruit :)

                      1. re: sadiefox

                        Ha, i'm location centric. Whenever I go home to Philly, I eat whats in season, especially the corn... have always loved jersey corn.

                      2. re: FattyDumplin

                        Well I learned my lesson yesterday. We try to buy produce in season (MA) and usually buy from our local farms and Farmers' Market. We've never had to return anything and everything has always been fresh picked and delicious.