Food Safety Alert: Listeria Outbreak Leads to Recall of Peaches, Plums, and Nectarines
Check your groceries for peaches, plumbs, and nectarines. Because the FDA has warned that certain brands of fruit have the potential to be contaminated and could make you sick. This is an ongoing recall, which includes produce sold in 2022 and 2023.
These products were sold in stores nationwide.
What is a Recall?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States are the departments responsible for investigating potential problems with food safety. Of course, from their investigations, they may issue warnings to the public. In other words, a Recall by the FDA or CDC means that the product in question is not safe for the specified reason. Additionally, guidelines and instructions are given for each recall, based on the specific threat. For example, they may warn that consumers should not consume the product. Or, they may suggest that the company responsible is willing to refund the purchase price.
Why is There a Recall?
The HMC Group Marketing, Inc., which does business as HMC Farms, is voluntarily recalling peaches, plums, and nectarines sold in retail stores between May 1 and November 15, 2022, and between May 1 and November 15, 2023. The fruit is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
What is Listeria monocytogenes?
Listeria is especially harmful to people who are pregnant, aged 65 or older, or with weakened immune systems. This is because Listeria is more likely to spread from the digestive system to other parts of the body, resulting in a severe condition known as invasive listeriosis. If pregnant, Listeria can cause pregnancy loss, premature birth, or a life-threatening infection in the newborn.
Symptoms usually start within 2 weeks after eating food contaminated with Listeria, but the same day or as late as 10 weeks after. Symptoms are usually fever, muscle aches, and tiredness. Additional possible symptoms are headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or seizures.
Which Product(s) are Included in this Recall?
Whole peaches, nectarines, and plums distributed by HMC Farms that were-
- Sold in bags branded as
- “HMC Farms”
- ”Signature Farms” with a “6359” sticker
- The fruit was also sold as individual fruit with a sticker that has “USA-E-U” and a number
- Yellow peach: 4044 or 4038
- White peach: 4401
- Yellow nectarine: 4036 or 4378
- White nectarine: 3035
- Red plum: 4042
- Black plum: 4040
Where Was the Recalled Product Sold?
The recalled fruit was distributed nationwide and sold as individual pieces of fruit-bearing PLU stickers or in consumer packaging and sold at retail stores between May 1 and November 15, 2022, and between May 1 and November 15, 2023.
This recall includes only conventionally grown fruit. Organic fruit is not part of this recall. The peaches, plums, and nectarines that are currently available for sale at retail stores are not included in this recall.
What Should You Do?
Do not eat any recalled peaches, nectarines, and plums. Check your home, including your refrigerator and freezer, for any recalled fruit. If you have these products, throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.
As a precaution clean your refrigerator, containers, and surfaces that may have touched the recalled fruit. Listeria can survive in the refrigerator and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.
Guidelines for cleaning your refrigerator from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:
- Wash the inside walls and shelves of the refrigerator, cutting boards and countertops, and utensils that may have contacted contaminated foods; then sanitize them with a solution of one tablespoon of chlorine bleach to one gallon of hot water; dry with a clean cloth or paper towel that has not been previously used.
- Wipe up spills in the refrigerator immediately and clean the refrigerator regularly.
- Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food and following any cleaning and sanitation process.
- Pregnant women, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems should avoid certain foods, including unpasteurized or raw milk, cheeses made from unpasteurized milk, raw fish raw sprouts and some other raw foods, which carry a high risk for L. monocytogenes.
- People with pets should take special care to avoid cross-contamination when preparing their pet’s food. Be sure to pick up and thoroughly wash food dishes as soon as pets are done eating, and prevent children, the elderly, and any other people with weak immune systems from handling or being exposed to the food or pets that have eaten potentially contaminated food.
If you have any of the listed symptoms after eating the recalled fruit, you should call your healthcare provider right away. Symptoms are fever, muscle aches, and tiredness, Also may experience headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or seizures.
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Source: FDA – Food and Drug Administration