Because of potential listeria contamination, a New York company has recalled fresh peaches distributed to Hannaford supermarkets in Maine.

The action was part of a larger recall issued Thursday by Jac. Vandenberg Inc. of Yonkers, New York. The company recalled 1,727 cartons of peaches, 1,207 cartons of nectarines and 365 cartons of plums because they might be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

Short-term symptoms in healthy people include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

Only the peaches were distributed to Hannaford markets in Maine.

The fruit was also distributed in retail stores in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia.

Hannaford posted a recall notice regarding the peaches on its website and stopped selling them Friday.

There were only a modest number of peaches sold, said Eric Blom, Hannaford’s spokesman. No illnesses have been reported, he said.

He said customers who bought the peaches should discard them and contact their store for a refund.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall as a public service.

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