Oranges, Lemons, Limes and Potatoes Have Been Recalled Due to Listeria Contamination

You may want to hold off on adding that zest to dinner tonight—several citrus fruits have been recalled.

If there’s one thing that doesn’t slow down, it’s the USDA. We’ve seen a handful of recalls recently, from onions contaminated with salmonella to artificial Christmas trees posing a fire hazard. If you haven’t purged your home of recalled items yet, now is the time.

Another recall is on the horizon, this time affecting your fruit bowl. Oranges, lemons, limes and potatoes distributed by Freshouse II have been recalled due to a listeria risk. This recall at least five states thus far: Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Here’s the full USDA statement.

What products are recalled?

Both mesh bags and bulk shipments of Valencia oranges, lemons, limes, organic limes and red potatoes were recalled after routine testing found traces of listeria on the equipment used to move produce. Freshouse II issued a voluntary recall and immediately ceased the distribution of any food that came into contact with contaminated machinery. Some of these foods were distributed to Wegmans and were included in premade meals, like vegetable pizza and Italian roasted salmon.

So far, no illnesses have been reported. The recall is just an extra measure to ensure shoppers aren’t stocking up on contaminated produce. The USDA and Freshouse II urge consumers to take look at the food in their kitchens, just in case.

Do you know why we have so many recalls? The FDA explains.

How do I know if I have one of these products?

If you’re suspicious of some of the produce in your kitchen, take a look at the brand, UPC code and trace number printed on the bag clip, if possible. The affected brands include Freshouse, Nature’s Promise, Fresh From the Start and Wegmans brand. All of these items came in 1-, 2-, 3- or 4-pound mesh bags.

You can find all of the identifying codes and product images here. Take a look just to make sure tonight’s dinner isn’t at risk.

Keep up on recalls with this nifty recall app, too.

I have one of these products! What should I do with it?

First and foremost, heed the warnings of the FDA by removing the items from your kitchen. If you choose to throw it out, make sure the produce is completely destroyed and inedible. Otherwise, you can return the produce to the place of purchase for a refund, and most retailers will allow an exchange for non-recalled items.

For any questions about the recall, you can reach out to Freshouse II LLC at 631-369-7150. They will assist you between Monday and Friday and between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.

How can I avoid getting listeria?

Listeria can remain on surfaces long after the offending produce has been tossed, so make sure to scrub out any area that came in contact with recalled food items. The most common spreaders of listeria are in the produce family. But dairy and meats can also be at risk for listeria, so make sure sealed deli meats—like hot dogs—are thrown out no more than seven days after they’re opened.

Thoroughly cooking your food can prevent listeria, but throw out any recalled items, just to be safe. You can also reference our guide on what to do about listeria.

Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.