FDA Recalls Lemons, Limes, Oranges, and Potatoes Due to Potential Listeria Contamination

Aug 14, 2020 02:30 AM EDT | By Madelaine D. (staff@foodworldnews.com)

FDA issued a recall by Freshouse II LLC lemons, limes, oranges, and red potatoes due to potential listeria contamination. After Freshouse found listeria monocytogenes on equipment at one of the company's packing facilities, the voluntary recall was made according to the FDA website.

Freshouse President Jamey Friedman said in a statement that the company voluntarily issued a recall of the abundance of caution to minimize the slightest risk of public health. 

The affected products include Nature's Promise Organic limes, Freshouse limes, Wegman's lemons, California Valencia oranges, and Fresh from the Start red potatoes and lemons. The recalled products shipped to retailer distribution centers in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Also, products sent to wholesalers in North Carolina and Maryland. 

FDA Recalls Lemons, Limes, Oranges, and Potatoes Due to Potential Listeria Contamination
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To see the specific details and pictures of the products recalled, click here. According to the FDA, for the lemons, limes, oranges, and potatoes, no illnesses have been reported yet. Freshouse stated that the company ceased the distribution and production of the products. They are continually evaluating the cleaning and sanitation regimes, as per CNN

 The FDA hasn't done the recall for the first time this month. On August 1, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or eat yellow, white, sweet, and red onions from Thomson International, Inc. because of the possible salmonella contamination. 

The onions sold at stores like Kroger, Publix, and Walmart reportedly caused 640 people in 43 states to be infected with salmonella. The 85 people out of the total cases were hospitalized. 

According to MSN, listeria can cause severe or, in a critical case, fatal infections to young children, older adults, frail, and others that have weakened the immune system. Meanwhile, healthy people may suffer short-term symptoms like high fever, stiffness, severe headache, nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. But listeria infection has a particularly tragic effect on pregnant women. The disease may cause miscarriages and stillbirths among those carrying babies as per the FDA. 

It is advised not to consume the affected products you bought. Instead, the FDA said to destroy the products so that others may not consume it, or you may return your purchase to the place where you bought it and ask for a refund. According to PEOPLE, Freshouse II, LLC notified the retail and wholesale customers that purchased the recalled product directly froma the company and requested that customers remove the recalled product from commerce. 

Freshouse said in the recall report, "We are also asking our direct customers to notify their customers of this recall." Consumers with inquiries may contact Freshouse II, LLC at 631-369-7150, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. You may also send your questions via email at customerservice@freshouse.com or visit the company's website here.

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