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Frozen Fruit Recall Expands Over Listeria Concerns

Kroger products now affected

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The recall of frozen fruits expanded hitting products sold at Kroger and many of its subsidiary stores over concerns that they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults.

The recall was issued due to concerns of contamination in mangos, although not all products contain that ingredient.

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A week earlier, frozen fruit was recalled nationwide over possible listeria contamination involving pineapples. The affected retailers were Walmart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Target and Associated Wholesale Grocers, a supplier to independent grocery stores.​ ​

No illnesses have been reported in connection with any of these recalls. However, if you have any of the affected frozen fruit, most of which doesn’t expire until 2024 or 2025, it’s recommended you discard it or return it to the store for a refund.

In March, frozen strawberries were recalled due to possible hepatitis A contamination. This recall was expanded to include additional products in mid-June.

The recalled products

Kroger: Private Selection Tropical Mango Chunks, Private Selection Strawberry, Mango & Pineapple Blend, Private Selection Classic Fruit Medley and Private Selection Blueberries, Strawberries & Mangos sold in 16 states.​

The subsidiary stores include: Baker's, Dillons, Food 4 Less, FoodsCo, Fry's, Gerbes, Jay C, Mariano's, Metro Market, Pay Less, Pick n' Save, Ralphs, Ruler, Smith's.

See the announcement for a full list of "Best By" dates and product codes.

Walmart: Great Value Mixed Fruit, Great Value Dark Sweet Cherries and Great Value Mango chunks sold at stores in 29 states between Jan. 19 and June 13.

Whole Foods: 365 Organic Tropical Fruit Medley, 365 Organic Pineapple Chunks, 365 Pineapple Chunks, 365 Organic Whole Strawberries, 365 Organic Sliced Strawberries and Bananas, and 365 Organic Blackberries sold at stores throughout the U.S. between Nov. 1 and June 21.

Trader Joe’s: Trader Joe’s Organic Tropical Fruit Blend sold in 31 states and Washington, D.C., between March 28 and April 11.​ ​

Target: Good & Gather Organic Cherries and Berries Fruit Blend, Good & Gather Dark Sweet Whole Pitted Cherries, Good & Gather Mango Strawberry Blend, Good & Gather Mixed Fruit Blend, Good & Gather Mango Chunks, Good & Gather Blueberries, and Good & Gather Triple Berry Blend sold nationwide between Oct. 14 and May 22. 

Aldi: Season’s Choice Tropical Blend and Season’s Choice Mixed Fruit sold in 26 states between Oct. 11 and May 22.

Associated Wholesale Grocers: Best Choice Pitted Red Tart Cherries Unsweetened delivered to select distribution centers and independent grocers in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma between April 5 and May 4.

See the recall announcement for more information. ​ ​

  • Trader Joe’s Organic Tropical Fruit Blend sold nationwide with “Best By” dates between April and November 2024.
  • Cadia Organic Pineapple sold in California, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Oregon and Texas with “Best By” dates between May and September 2024.

Additional information on this recall can be found here.


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Symptoms of a listeria infection

Listeriosis, the infection caused by eating food contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, may cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in people 65 and older and those with weakened immune systems. Pregnant women and newborns are also at risk of serious infection.​

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says listeriosis can come with a range of symptoms, including:

  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion
  • Loss of balance
  • Convulsions
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue​

Pregnant women usually experience only fever, fatigue and muscle aches. However, listeriosis can lead to premature birth or pregnancy loss and can cause serious illness or death in newborns. Anyone who experiences symptoms of severe listeria illness should call their health care provider.​

About 1,600 people in the U.S. get listeriosis each year, resulting in an average of 260 deaths, the CDC estimates. Americans 65 and older are four times as likely as others to get a listeria infection.

Editor's note: This story, originally published June 22, 2023, has been updated to reflect new information.

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