Costco is recalling their Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit due to possible contamination of salmonella. The recall involves nearly 60,000 cases, which each contain 20 single-serving pouches of dried fruits such as apples, strawberries and bananas.
The Freeze-dried fruit maker, Oregon Freeze Dry initiated a voluntary recall of Real Sliced Fruit cases marked with a Feb. 14, 2015 to March 11, 2015 “best by” date due, saying the food might be contaminated with salmonella.
“The recalled products may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain,” the FDA reported.
The fruit was manufactured exclusively for Costco stores and was sold in more than 30 states, including 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.
Consumers who may have purchased the product were contacted by phone and US. Mail, and a letter regarding the voluntary recall was posted on the Costco website. Customers who purchased the potentially contaminated fruit can return it to Costco for a refund.
“Oregon Freeze Dry is committed to the families who enjoy our products every day. We employ a rigorous and robust product-testing regimen. We have taken this precautionary step because of our commitment to these values. If you have this specific product, please do not consume it. Return it immediately to your local Costco for a full refund,” the letter stated.
Furthermore, the affected product was removed from Costco floors. No confirmed cases of Salmonella poisoning from consumption of this product have been reported at this time, Any Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit that is currently available for purchase has been rigorously tested and is safe for consumption. No other products made by Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. are affected.
Kirkland Signature is Costco’s private-label brand.
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