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Recall of Peaches, Plums, and Nectarines Across the US Due to Listeria Outbreak

Peaches, plums, and nectarines distributed by HMC Farms and sold nationwide are being recalled due to an outbreak of listeria. This outbreak has resulted in 11 illnesses, including one death and 10 hospitalizations. Federal safety regulators made the announcement on Monday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in a food safety alert that investigators are working to determine if any additional fruit or products made with this fruit may be contaminated.

Kingsburg, California-based HMC Farms is recalling peaches, plums, and nectarines sold between May 1 and November 15 of this year, as well as during the same period in 2022. The company made this announcement in a notice posted Friday by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA discovered listeria in testing a sample of HMC Farms peaches in late October, according to the CDC.

The recalled fruit, sold around the U.S. by retailers including Walmart and Sam’s Clubs, may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. As of Nov. 17, the people sickened in the listeria outbreak reside in seven states: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, and Ohio, according to the CDC. One person died in California, and another became sick while pregnant and had preterm labor, the agency noted.

Listeria infections can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in young children, frail or elderly people, as well as others with weakened immune systems, according to the CDC. Healthy people may experience symptoms including high fever, severe headache, and stomach pain. The organism can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

Image of fruit recalled by HMC Farms due to listeria concerns.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Image of recalled product.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The recalled fruit was sold in 2-pound bags branded “HMC Farms” or “Signature Farms,” or as individual fruit that has a “USA-E-U” code and a number. The specific codes for each fruit are as follows:

  • Yellow peach: 4044 or 4038
  • White peach: 4401
  • Yellow nectarine: 4036 or 4378
  • White nectarine: 3035
  • Red plum: 4042
  • Black plum: 4040

The recall does not include organically grown fruit, as indicated by the company and CDC. Consumers should check their homes, including their freezers, for the recalled fruit and discard it, the agency said. Anyone with questions can call the company at (844) 483-3867, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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