Wegman’s Food Markets have recalled lemons and Valencia oranges sold between July 31 and August 7 from all their supermarkets. The fruit came from a North Carolina facility that notified Wegman’s they had detected Listeria bacteria on a piece of their equipment. The fruit was sold in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. Additionally, Wegman’s is recalling all prepared food items that contain lemon juice or lemon garnish. So far there have been no reports of illness according to the FDA. A full list of items can be found here.
Listeria Monocytogenes is the bacteria responsible for Listeriosis. It’s a serious infection that sickens about 1,500 people a year, and kills 250. It’s most dangerous for pregnant women who are 10 times more likely to contract the infection. Pregnant women are at risk for miscarriages, stillbirths, and preterm labor. The infection can also be passed to the unborn child causing serious illness or death. Symptoms include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, fever, and muscle aches. A person may not show symptoms of Listeria infection for 1 to 4 weeks after eating a contaminated food item.
Wegmans says any products that are part of the recall can be returned for a full refund. Questions can be referred to 1-855-934-3663.