A recent outbreak of listeria linked to peaches, plums, and nectarines sold by HMC Farms has raised concerns about public health. The outbreak has resulted in 11 reported illnesses, including one death and 10 hospitalizations. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a food safety alert and has been working to determine if any additional fruit or products made with this fruit may be contaminated.
The recall, initiated by Kingsburg, California-based HMC Farms, applies to peaches, plums, and nectarines sold between May 1 and November 15 of this year, as well as during the same period in 2022. The fruit was distributed nationwide and sold by retailers such as Walmart and Sam’s Clubs. The contaminated fruit may be infected with listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious and potentially life-threatening infections.
According to the CDC, the affected individuals reside in seven states: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, and Ohio. The illness caused by listeria can be particularly severe for young children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stomach pain, and, in some cases, miscarriages and stillbirths.
Consumers are advised to check their homes, including their freezers, for the recalled fruit and to discard it immediately. The recalled fruit was sold in 2-pound bags branded as “HMC Farms” or “Signature Farms” and individual fruit with a “USA-E-U” code and a specific number. It is important to note that the recall does not include organically grown fruit.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the company at (844) 483-3867, Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.
1. What is listeria?
Listeria monocytogenes is a type of bacteria commonly found in soil, water, and some animals. It can contaminate certain foods and can cause a serious infection called listeriosis.
2. What are the symptoms of listeriosis?
Symptoms of listeriosis may include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal symptoms. In severe cases, it can lead to meningitis, septicemia, or even death.
3. How can I protect myself from listeria?
It is important to practice proper food safety measures, such as washing hands and surfaces, cooking food thoroughly, and storing perishable foods at the appropriate temperature. Avoid consuming recalled products and stay informed about food recalls.
4. Can listeriosis be treated?
Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics. If you suspect you have been exposed to listeria or are experiencing symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention.
5. Is it safe to consume other fruits from HMC Farms?
The recall only applies to peaches, plums, and nectarines sold between specific dates. Other fruits from HMC Farms are not affected by the recall. It is always a good practice to check for updates from the company or regulatory authorities regarding food recalls.