Citrus Products Recalled by Packing Facility

Ernie NeffIndustry News Release

Lemons are one of the citrus products Freshouse II, LLC is voluntarily recalling.

Freshouse II, LLC has recalled Valencia oranges, lemons, limes, organic limes and red B potatoes because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

The recall was voluntarily initiated after the company’s routine internal testing identified Listeria monocytogenes on a piece of equipment in one of its packing facilities. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product that was packed on the equipment in question and is taking corrective actions and continually evaluating its cleaning and sanitation regimes.

No illnesses have been associated with this recall, according to the company, which is based in Salisbury, North Carolina.

A full notice about the recall on a federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website specifies ways to identify the recalled products. When a company announces a recall, market withdrawal or safety alert, the FDA posts the company’s announcement as a public service.  

The recalled products were shipped directly to retailer distribution centers in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia and to wholesalers in Maryland and North Carolina. Details about the shipments are also on the FDA website. 

Consumers who have a recalled item in their possession should not consume it and should destroy the product in a way so that it may not be consumed by others. Alternatively, consumers can return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

Freshouse II, LLC has notified its retail and wholesale customers who received the recalled product directly from the company and is requesting that those customers remove the recalled product from commerce. The company is also asking its direct customers to notify their customers of the recall.

Source: Freshouse II, LLC via U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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