Listeria Recalls: What You Need To Know

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Chances are you’ve heard in the news this week about a voluntary recall of fresh, whole peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots because of a possible health risk.  The reason for the recall is listeria, which can contaminate meats and dairy products, as well as fruits.  Listeria is rare, but can be dangerous, especially for consumers with weakened immune systems.  While this week’s news focuses on specific products, here’s what every consumer needs to know to reduce their risk of illness.

Is it really “Sweet to Eat?”

Chances are you’ve heard in the news this week about a voluntary recall of fresh, whole peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots because of a possible health risk.  These fruits contain large pits. 

The reason for the recall is listeria, which can contaminate meats and dairy products, as well as fruits.  Listeria is rare, but can be dangerous, especially for consumers with weakened immune systems.  While this week’s news focuses on specific products, here’s what every consumer needs to know to reduce their risk of illness.

  • Not all large pitted peaches, plums and pluots are included in this recall.  It’s important to look for the "SWEET 2 EAT," sticker to see what specific products are being recalled.  Additional details about this recall are available from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • If you have or believe you have these products in your home you should not eat or serve them.  Throw them away or visit your retailer for a refund.
  • If you think you may be ill because of eating any of these products, visit your health professional.
  • Rinse raw fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running tap water before eating.
  • Keep uncooked meats and poultry separate from vegetables and from cooked foods and ready-to-eat foods.

Fruits and vegetables play an important role in a healthful diet.  As with any raw products, they too can be contaminated with harmful bugs and pathogens.  Recall information is very important to reduce the risk of contamination and illness for you and your family, so make sure to read any recall information relevant to your store or region, and follow best food safety practices in your kitchen. 

 

Check out the “Food Recall Resource Page” for more information about food recalls and our “Listeriosis and Pregnancy” tear pad for more information about listeria.