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Walmart recalls packaged fruit in 9 states for possible Listeria contamination

Oct. 5 (UPI) — Pre-packaged fruit sold by Walmart is being recalled in nine states because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the FDA said.

Country Fresh, which sells products under the Walmart brand, announced a voluntary recall of packages of cut or sliced apples, grapes, mangoes, pineapples, and cantaloupe.

The fruit was shipped to Walmart grocery stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, the company said.

Inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration detected traces of listeria on equipment used in an area near where the fruit was packed, a press release said.

No cases of food poisoning from listeria contamination have been reported in connection with the recalled Walmart fruit products, Country Fresh said.

Listeria is a microscopic organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems, the FDA said. Listeria infection, called listeriosis, can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Healthy people who eat food contaminated with listeria may show short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Compared to other foodborne illnesses, listeriosis “is rare but very serious,” the FDA said on the agency’s website.

More than 90 percent of people with listeriosis are hospitalized, often in intensive care units. About 1,600 people in the United States get listeriosis each year, about 260 die and about 1,500 are hospitalized, the FDA said.

The possibly contaminated recalled products included multiple varieties of apple slices and grapes, as well as packaged chunks of mango, pineapple, cantaloupe and assorted fruit trays.

On Thursday, Country Fresh initiated a separate recall of prepackaged possibly listeria-contaminated watermelon chunks distributed at Walmart and RaceTrac gas stations, distributed between Sept. 23 through 25.

The recalled packages were labeled “best if used by” with dates between Oct. 3 and Oct. 11, 2020, the FDA said.

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Recalls, additions to FDA’s Do Not Use hand sanitizer list

Weakness, ‘toxic’ methanol and packaging that includes Barbie, Hot Wheels and Minions put 14 hand sanitizers on FDA’s Do Not Use list over the last two and a half weeks.

Two hand sanitizers on the list have been recalled over the last week.

The FDA’s list started in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic with hand sanitizers from Mexico that tested positive for methanol, which the FDA terms as “toxic” if either ingested or rubbed into the skin, or were believed to be made in the same facility as those with methanol.

Now, it includes hand sanitizers from numerous countries that test as being “subpotent” (too weak) and having 1-propanol or being believed to be made in the same place as those hand sanitizers.

Or having Paw Patrol packaging.

Updates to the Do Not Use list

The FDA said C&G Laboratorios’ Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel tested positive for methanol, but has neither a National Drug Codes (NDC) list number nor any evidence it’s reached the U.S. market.

Corporativo Bureli made SOHO Fresh Hand Sanitizer Gel Antibacterial. The SOHO Fresh with NDC No. 79081-000-03 tested positive for methanol. The rest were made at the same facility.

Guangshou Youxing Cosmetics’ V&W Advance Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel came up as subpotent for ethanol alcohol in FDA tests.

V&W Moisturizing Refreshing Spray Sanitizer, V&W Advance Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel and V&W Premium Disinfecting Wipes all made the list by association (believed to be made at the same facility).

Inovaker Lab’s Hand+ Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol Antiseptic 75% Topical Solution also tested as subpotent for ethyl alcohol.

Two of the Inovaker Lab products on the list as made in the same place are EMHS1 Alcohol Hand Sanitizer and EMHS1 Advanced Isopropyl Alcohol Hand Sanitizer. They’re distributed by the Sayida Group, a company not registered with the state of Florida and with a Miami Beach virtual office address.

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EMHS1 Hand+ Hand Sanitizer, distributed by Miami Beach’s Sayida Group. National Drug Codes List

Inovaker’s other contributions to the list are El Bueno Hand Sanitizer; Hand Sanitizer Isopropyl Alcohol Antiseptic 75; Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol Antiseptic 75; and Inovaker Hand Sanitizer.

Rodriguez Fierro, Marco Antonio made Natural Gold Gel Alcohol Antiseptic 75% Topical Solution, which tested as subpotent for ethanol alcohol. FDA says this hasn’t hit the U.S. market yet, and put an import alert on Natural Gold to prevent it from getting to the market.

The child magnet packaging of Soleo Cosmetic’s Smart Care hand sanitizers makes the pouches look a little too much like kid-marketed snack food or drinks. Either by curiosity or carelessness, it’s too easy to imagine kids consuming the hand sanitizer instead of rubbing them into the skin.

So, as stated in this Miami Herald article, the FDA put the Barbie, Hot Wheels, Paw Patrol, Minions, Trolls World Tour and JoJo Siwa Dreamer hand sanitizers on the list on Sept. 24.

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Smart Care’s Hot Wheels hand sanitizer,