FDA Warning: Listeria Outbreak Linked to Recalled Fruit Received by Publix, Walmart, and Aldi


Major retailers across the US have received peaches, plums, and nectarines that were recalled due to contamination concerns, as warned by the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday.

The stone fruit has been linked to a Listeria outbreak causing at least 11 illnesses in seven states, with 10 hospitalizations and one death, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The nonorganic fruit was sold individually and in bags between May 1 and November 15 last year and this year, and was received by retailers such as Publix, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Sprouts Farmers Market, Albertsons, and Aldi stores.

However, the FDA notes that the fruit may have also gone to companies that have frozen or relabeled it.

Consumers with frozen peaches, plums, or nectarines should discard them if they are or may be part of the recall, while fresh whole fruits currently on store shelves are not involved in the recall.

Listeria infection typically begins about two weeks after consuming contaminated food and is more severe in pregnant individuals, those with weakened immune systems, or people aged 65 or older. Seek medical attention if experiencing symptoms of a Listeria infection, such as fever, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or seizures.

Additionally, the FDA and the CDC are investigating an ongoing salmonella outbreak associated with recalled cantaloupe products, which has led to at least 99 illnesses and two deaths in 32 states.


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