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Fruit Sold at CA Stores Linked to Listeria Outbreak

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Fruit Sold at CA Stores Linked to Listeria Outbreak

Batches of peaches, plums, and nectarines sold at several major California grocery stores have been recalled after health regulators linked them to a listeria outbreak that killed one victim and sickened nearly a dozen others.

According to an Outbreak Investigation report published by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), a recall was issued for non-organic peaches, plums, and nectarines sold in retail stores nationwide from May 1, 2022 through November 15, 2022 and from May 1, 2023 through November 15, 2023. The recall covers fruit sold in bags as well as fruit sold individually with PLU stickers under multiple brand names.

The recall notice, which contains photos of recalled products, lists the following items:

  • Individual pieces of fruit with PLU stickers on the fruit labeled USA-E-U, containing the following numbers:
    • Yellow peach: 4044 or 4038
    • White peach: 4401
    • Yellow nectarine: 4036 or 4378
    • White nectarine: 3035
    • Red plum: 4042
    • Black plum: 4040
  • HMC Farms: peaches, plums, or nectarines sold in HMC Farms-branded bags
  • Signature Farms: peaches or nectarines sold in Signature Farms-branded bags and labeled with 6359 printed on a white sticker on the bag.

The recalled fruit was sold at stores across Southern California, including:

  • Publix
  • Wal-Mart & Sam’s Club
  • Albertsons Company stores, including Albertsons, Vons, Safety, Pavilions, CME, , Balducci’s Food Lovers Market, Carrs, Eagle, Haggen, Kings Food Markets, Lucky, Pavilions, Safeway, Shaw’s, and Star Market
  • Sprouts

Listeria is a disease-causing bacteria that can be transmitted when food is harvested, processed, prepared, packed, transported, or stored in contaminated environments. People who eat listeria-contaminated food can develop listeriosis, a serious disease that can produce symptoms that last from days to weeks. Mid systems include fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In more serious cases, symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. Listeriosis is particularly dangerous, and potentially fatal, for young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and immune-compromised individuals.

Compensation Following Foodborne Illnesses

If you or someone you love became sick after consuming recalled food such as the peaches, plums, and nectarines listed above, you may be entitled to compensation.

Food growers, producers, distributors, and retailers are closely regulated to ensure the safety of their products, and they can be held liable for injuries and losses that occur when their food is contaminated with dangerous bacteria such as listeria.

At Biren Law Group, our award-winning attorneys are known for litigating complex claims involving personal injury, products liability, and wrongful death, and have successfully litigated cases involving contaminated foods, including cheese and onions. If you have a potential foodborne illness case, we want to help.

Our team is now actively investigating potential claims involving recalled peaches, plums, and nectarines from victims throughout Southern California. We offer FREE and confidential consultations, and handle cases on contingency, which means there’s no fee unless we win. To speak with a lawyer, call (310) 896-4345 or contact us online.