The recent listeria outbreak associated with recalled peaches, nectarines, and plums has raised significant concerns about food safety and the potential risks consumers may face. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning after receiving reports of ten hospitalizations and one death across seven states.
The affected fruits, branded under the names “HMC Farms” or “Signature Farms,” were distributed nationwide and sold at retail stores. The recall, initiated by HMC Group Marketing, includes fruits sold between May 1 and November 15, 2022, and during the same dates in 2023. Interestingly, the recall does not extend to organic fruit. The specific fruits in question can be identified by the presence of stickers reading “USA-E-U” with corresponding numbers. For instance, yellow peaches have stickers with numbers 4044 or 4038, white peaches have sticker number 4401, yellow nectarines have stickers 4036 or 4378, white nectarines have sticker number 3035, red plums have sticker number 4042, and black plums have sticker number 4040. The recall also includes two-pound bags of the affected fruits.
Although the fruits in question are no longer available for purchase, consumers may still have them stored in their homes. The CDC advises individuals to check their freezers and discard or return any fruits that meet the recall criteria. Additionally, the agency stresses the importance of cleaning any surfaces or containers that may have come into contact with the contaminated fruit.
Listeria infection can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women, individuals aged 65 and older, and those with weakened immune systems. The bacteria have a greater likelihood of spreading beyond the gut and affecting other parts of the body in these vulnerable populations.
As the investigation continues, the CDC is working alongside other organizations, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to determine how the contamination occurred. Both agencies are committed to ensuring the safety and quality of fresh produce for consumers.
1. Q: Which fruits are affected by the recall?
A: The recall includes peaches, nectarines, and plums branded as “HMC Farms” or “Signature Farms.”
2. Q: Who is most at risk of listeria infection?
A: Pregnant women, individuals aged 65 and older, and those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk.
3. Q: Are the recalled fruits still available in stores?
A: No, the fruits are no longer available for purchase. However, consumers should check their homes for any remaining recalled fruits.
4. Q: What should I do if I have the recalled fruits at home?
A: If you have the recalled fruits at home, the CDC advises you to discard them or return them to the place of purchase.
– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
– Food and Drug Administration (FDA)