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DENVER (CBS4) – A company out of California that sells fruit in Colorado is voluntarily recalling whole peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria.

Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif. is recalling the fruit that was packed between June 1 through July 12.

“No illnesses have been linked to this recall to date,” the company said in a statement.

(credit: fda.gov)

(credit: fda.gov)

Even though there are no confirmed reports of people getting sick so far, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says it usually takes some time for that to happen.

“It had been seven to 10 days and it was right after I bought the peaches that I got sick,” Rebecca Winter said.

Winter only realized she bought some of the summer fruit now being recalled when a notice appeared on a new receipt from King Soopers. For days she was wondering why she got so sick.

“I don’t know what you could possibly do. I wash everything and I did wash them. Maybe I could have washed them more carefully,” she said.

“There is no safe way to wash the contamination off these particular fruits,” Laura Vanwagenen-Birdsill with the state health department said.

The health department says because the recalled fruits are thin skinned, people can’t safely consume them if they are contaminated with listeria.

The fruit was distributed to Costco, Kings Soopers and Whole Foods, but there could be more stores that have obtained the fruit.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

“If you have any of those with the “Sweet 2 Eat” PLU sticker on it, those are the ones that are concerned in the recall and should not be consumed,” Vanwagenen-Birdsill said.

Listeria infection can be deadly, especially to children and the elderly. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal issues.

The health department says anyone who experiences symptoms and knows they ate the affected fruit shouldn’t dismiss it as a possible flu, but rather get to the doctor and get tested for the infection.

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