Costco Freeze-Dried Fruit Potentially Contaminated with Salmonella, Under Food Recall
Oregon Freeze-Dry Inc, based in Albany, OR, has issued a food recall for Kirkland Signature dried fruits, which was sold exclusively through Costo Wholesale Stores, after reports that the fruit could be contaminated with salmonella.
The company said that it has received no reports of any consumers becoming ill due to salmonella poisoning, so the food recall is a precautionary measure.
Oregon Freeze-Dry’s food recall covers 59,780 cases of Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit. The food recall officially began on March 8th, after the company received reports that the dried fruit could potentially be contaminated with salmonella. Customers who may have purchased the product will be contacted by phone and US mail. Cases of the fruit will feature a sell-by date between Feb. 14, 2015 to March 11, 2015.
The dried fruit was distributed to the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico.
Costco has also said that customers who purchased the fruit can return it to their local Costco store for a refund.
Salmonella is one of the most common food-borne illnesses, and in healthy adults can last between 4 and 7 days. Most cases clear up on their own without treatment, but salmonella infections can be serious or fatal in young children, elderly adults, or people with compromised immune systems.
Food Recall Notice May or May Not Be In Time to Stop Contagion
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