A new outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections has prompted a recall of whole fresh peaches, plums and nectarines.
The recall includes 12 pieces of fresh fruit sold under at least three brands. HMC Group Marketing Inc. has announced a recall of the fruit, which is distributed nationwide. Click here to view packages This helps consumers determine whether they have the fruit on hand.
According to the company’s recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration, there have been 11 confirmed cases of Listeria monocytogenes infections associated with the fruit.
Peaches, plums and nectarines were available in retail stores from May 1 to November 15, 2022 and from May 1 to November 15, 2023. The fruits were sold individually and packaged in plastic bags.
This recall only includes conventionally grown fruit. Peaches, plums and nectarines currently sold in retail stores are not included in this recall.
“Although the recalled fruit is no longer available in retail stores, consumers may have frozen the recalled fruit at home for later use. According to the recall notice, consumers are asked to check their freezers for any recalled fruit and discard it without consuming it.
Consumers with additional questions may contact the company’s Consumer Information Desk at 844-483-3867.
About listeria infection
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled, but it can still cause serious, even life-threatening infections. Anyone who develops symptoms of listeria infection after eating recalled fruit should seek medical treatment and inform their doctor of the possibility of listeria infection.
It can also take up to 70 days for symptoms of listeriosis to develop after exposure to Listeria monocytogenes, so people who have eaten the recalled products should be on the lookout for symptoms in the coming weeks.
Symptoms of Listeria infection include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle pain, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Special laboratory tests are required to diagnose listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.
Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and immunocompromised cancer patients are especially at increased risk of serious illness, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature birth, infection of the newborn, and even stillbirth.
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