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Local Man Fears Illness from Contaminated Fruit

MARDELA SPRINGS, Md. - A Mardela Springs man fears contaminated fruit may be the cause of an illness he has come down with.  The man purchased and ate the fruit before a nationwide recall was announced weeks later.   Joe Austin said he bought some nectarines at a local Sam's Club and a little over a month later, got an automated phone call from the store.

"Apparently, they had tracked the UPC code on certain fruits that had been sold at Salisbury Sam's Club and we were told that we had purchased some of the fruit that was possibly contaminated," Austin said.

It was in late July when the Wawona Packing Company in California announced the recall of peaches, plums and nectarines because of a possible listeria contamination.  The fruits were shipped across the country to grocers including Walmart, Sam's Club and Costco.  Fruit that was recalled was packed at the company's facility between June 1st and July 17th.

Austin said he purchased his fruit in mid-June and had eaten it prior to getting the phone call from Sam's Club warning him of the possible contamination.  Austin said it did not take long after eating the fruit before he started to feel ill.  His symptoms include headaches, stomach pains and muscle aches.

"Chronologically, they started when they should have as compared to when I ate the fruit," Austin said.

However, the Mardela Springs man said he will wait until conclusive tests before he puts the full blame on the illness on the tainted fruit.

"I have been several times to the doctor and nothing has been determined yet.  I have done blood cultures.  Hopefully I'll get an answer in another couple days," said Austin.

Now Austin will just play the waiting game until he definitively knows what caused his illness.
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