WILMINGTON — Publix Super Markets issued a voluntary recall for its house brand of “Tropical Fruit Medley” due to concerns of listeria contamination.
According to a release from the FDA, Publix learned from one of its suppliers that apricots – an ingredient in the mix – may have been adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. The product is currently sold at Publix stores in 5.7 ounce containers and were sold in the produce section of stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee as well as both North and South Carolina.
The “Tropical Fruit Medley” has a UPC of 41415088586, all sell-by dates are being recalled.
According to FDA, listeria can cause dangerous and even fatal infections in the young, elderly and those with weakened immune systems. The FDA also warms pregnant women, “although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”
In a release, Maria Brous, media and community relations director for Publix, stated that there have been no reported illnesses. Publix has offered a refund to customers who had already purchased the mix.
Publix customers with additional questions were directed to the consumer relations department at 1-800-242-1227 or online. www.publix.com. For more information about this or other recalls, the FDA can be contacted at 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366).