Listeria Risk Prompts Recall of Great Value Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries

Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections

Listeria Risk Prompts Recall of Great Value Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries
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August 24, 2017

Sunrise Growers Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of certain frozen organic dark sweet pitted cherry products that may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

Recalled product details

Ninety cases of Great Value Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries are being recalled. The products are packaged in 32 ounce printed plastic zip top bags and marked with a 'Best By' Date of 08/10/19 on the back of the bag. The recalled cherries have a UPC code of 078742126166 and a lot code of either FED722211 or FED722212.

The recalled pitted cherry products were distributed from Sunrise Grower's facility in Edwardsville, Kansas on August 10, 2017. The issue was discovered during routine testing by Sunrise Growers. The company says that the products may have been sent to stores in Louisiana and Mississippi.

No illnesses related to the consumption of these products have been reported, to date.

Risks of listeria

Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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.

What should consumers do?

Consumers are urged not to consume the affected Great Value Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries. Consumers who purchased these products may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund—or simply discard them.

For additional information about this recall, consumers should call (800) 854-1988.