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FDA to remove suspect nectarines from shelves

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday said it has notified local wholesales operators to remove the nectarines imported from the U.S. company Wawona Packing Co. from the shelves in suspicion of the fruits may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a dangerous bacteria.

Wawona is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines, and plums that were packed in several certain warehouses in the U.S. as an internal testing revealed the potential listeria contamination. Costco, Kroger, and Walmart stores have removed the peaches, nectarines, and plums supplied by the firm, according to a news report by CNN.

In a press statement released by Wawona, it says the company takes its commitment to food safety seriously, adding that, however, “at this time, it is unclear how the problem may have occurred.” According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the recall is nationwide.

Taiwan's FDA said it discovered the import records of the fruit company's nectarines into Taiwan, noting that people should inquire the wholesale operators for information should they have bought nectarines recently.

FDA officials Pan Chih-kuan (潘志寬) said the infection of listeria monocytogenes will lead to different degrees of food poisoning depending on individual's age, gender and their resistance against the disease. Pan said the signs and symptoms of listeria infection include muscle aches, diarrhea and fevers. He further noted that as far as he is aware, there has been no report on any listeria infection cases in the U.S. or in Taiwan.

The FDA reminded people to avoid from buying or eating the recalled products. The administration further said that if people receive those products from families or friends, they should check on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website for the latest information.

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