Peaches and nectarines recalled in NY and 17 other states

first_imgYONKERS, N.Y. — A Yonkers-based company is recalling thousands of cartons of peaches, nectarines, and plums because they may be contaminated with listeria. No illnesses have been reported in connection to the fruits, but anyone who has purchased them recently from Walmart should return them. Kelsey O’Connor The peaches and nectarines are sold as a bulk retail produce item with PLU sticker (PLU# 4044, 3035, 4378) showing the country of origin of Chile. Though plums are being recalled in some states, they are not being recalled in New York. Read more from the FDA here. Featured image: Mike Licht/Flickr The company Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. announced it is recalling 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines and 365 cartons of fresh plums because of possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and people with weakened immune systems, the FDA says. Though healthy people may only suffer short-term symptoms, the recall further states that listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The peaches and nectarines were distributed at Fairway Markets and Walmarts in New York, the FDA says. The possibly contaminated fruits were also distributed to 17 other states. Anyone who has purchased peaches or nectarines that match the description is urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at [email protected] The recall was not the result of any illnesses, but of a routine sampling program by the packaging house which “revealed the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem,” the FDA says. Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connorlast_img read more

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Fundraising Campaign for Greek National Softball Team

first_imgNEW YORK – Softball may not be the most popular sport in Greece, but there is a Greek National Softball team and the young ladies on the team are asking for support in their bid to represent Greece and compete in the European Championships and hopefully qualify for a spot in the upcoming Olympic Games in 2020 in Japan.Alexis Bazos shared the story with The National Herald, “My name is Alexis Bazos. I am a Greek American, and have been selected to play for the Greek National Softball team. In July, the team will travel to the Czech Republic to compete in the European championships with hope of earning a spot in the 2020 Olympics in Japan.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>She continued, “Softball is not sponsored by the government of Greece so all of us Greek girls on the team have to personally fund the entire endeavor. We would so appreciate if you would post the link to learn about the Greek National Softball team and donate to our efforts to take Greece to the 2020 Olympics. We are proud to represent Greece and will work hard to make you proud of us. Go Hellas!”More information about donating to the cause is available online: https://verticalraise.com/fundraiser/greek-national-softball-drive/f/49910/TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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