After being linked to a Listeria outbreak, plums, nectarines, and peaches sold at Sam’s Club, Publix, ALDI, Sprouts, and the Albertsons family of stores have been recalled. Customers who have purchased these stone fruits should not eat them as Listeria can cause severe illness and death. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
The HMC Marketing Group Inc., which does business as HMC Farms of Kingsburg, California issued the Listeria recall for peaches, nectarines, and plums on November 17 after being notified by health officials of the link to illnesses.
The recalled peaches, nectarines, and plums were sold individually and prepackaged in plastic bags between May 1 and November 15, 2022, and between May 1 and November 15, 2023, at stores nationwide including:
- Kings Food Markets
- Sam’s Club ( AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, SC, TX, and PR)
- Star Market
Listeria poses a heightened risk to people who are over 65 or who have weakened immune systems. Pregnant mothers and babies are also at very high risk, as pregnant women are 20 times more likely than other people to contract Listeria infections.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection can develop within 24 hours of exposure but sometimes can take as long as 70 days to develop. They include:
- High fever, stiff neck, and other muscle aches
- Upset stomach or diarrhea
- Headache, loss of balance, confusion or convulsions
- Pregnant women can suffer miscarriages or stillbirths even if they only experience flu-like symptoms