The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the recall of various stone fruit linked to an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes. Specifically, HMC Farms is voluntarily recalling conventional (non-organic) peaches, plums, and nectarines sold in retail stores from May 1, 2022 through November 15, 2022 and from May 1, 2023 through November 15, 2023. The recalled fruit was sold at retail stores such as Publix, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Albertsons nationwide in bags or as individual pieces of fruit with PLU stickers, under multiple brand names.
Additionally, the recalled fruit was sold to other manufacturers who may have frozen and/or relabeled the recalled fruit for resale under another brand. The recalled fruit is past expiration and no longer available for sale in retail stores, but could have been frozen by consumers.
Symptoms of Listeriosis (Listeria infection) usually start within two weeks after eating food contaminated with Listeria, but may start as early as the same day or as late as ten weeks after. Mild symptoms may include a fever, muscle aches, nausea, tiredness, and vomiting. If the more severe form of listeriosis develops, symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions.
FDA’s investigation is ongoing to determine the source of contamination and if additional products are linked to illness.
FDA and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are also investigating an ongoing Salmonella outbreak linked with recalled cantaloupe products that has caused at least 99 illnesses and two deaths in 32 states.