The CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections. Epidemiologic and laboratory data showed that HMC Farms peaches, nectarines, and plums might be contaminated with Listeria and made people sick.

A total of 11 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria were reported from seven states – California 3, Colorado 1, Florida 3, Illinois 1, Kansas 1, Michigan 1 and Ohio 1. Sick people’s samples were collected from August 22, 2018, to August 16, 2023. Of 10 people with information available, all were hospitalized. One person got sick during their pregnancy and had preterm labor. One death was reported from California.

State and local public health officials interviewed people about the foods they ate in the month before they got sick. Of the seven people interviewed, all (100%) reported eating peaches, nectarines, or plums. CDC conducted a case-case analysis, comparing foods reported by people in this outbreak to foods reported by people who got sick with Listeria but were not part of an outbreak. The analysis showed that people in this outbreak were 18 times more likely to eat peaches, nectarines, or plums (p<0.001) than sick people not in this outbreak. This suggested that peaches, nectarines, and plums were a likely source of this outbreak.

Public health investigators used the PulseNet system to identify illnesses that might be part of this outbreak. CDC PulseNet manages a national database of DNA fingerprints of bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses. DNA fingerprinting is performed on bacteria using a method called whole genome sequencing (WGS). WGS showed that bacteria from sick people’s samples were closely related genetically. This suggested that people in this outbreak got sick from the same food.

On October 23, 2023, FDA collected a sample of HMC Farms peaches for testing and found Listeria in it. On November 6, 2023, WGS showed that the Listeria in the peaches were closely related to bacteria from sick people. This means that people likely got sick from eating those peaches. On November 17, 2023, HMC Farms recalled whole peaches, plums, and nectarines sold in stores between May 1 and November 15 in 2022 and 2023.

Listeria:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Listeriaoutbreaks. The Listeria lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Listeria and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $850 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Listeria lawyers have litigated Listeria cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as lettuce, polony, deli meat, cantaloupe, cheese, celery and milk.  

If you or a family member became ill with a Listeria infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Listeria attorneys for a free case evaluation.

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What is Listeria?

Listeria is a bacterium that causes a serious infection called listeriosis. Around 300 deaths in the United States are caused by Listeria infection each year, according to estimates from a 2011 CDC report. 

Listeria bacteria are most found in raw foods. Vegetables can be contaminated by soil and water carrying bacteria. Listeria is also found in raw animal products, such as meat and cheese. 

Babies can be born with Listeria if the mother eats contaminated food during pregnancy. The death rate among newborns with Listeria is 25 to 50 percent. 

Who is most likely to get seriously ill from Listeria bacteria?

Healthy adults and children hardly ever become seriously ill from Listeria. However, people at increased risk of illness from Listeria bacteria include:

  • Pregnant women – Pregnant women are 20 times more likely to get listeriosis than the average healthy adult
  • Newborns
  • People with weak immune systems
  • People with cancer, diabetes, or kidney disease
  • People with AIDS – People with AIDS are 300 times more likely to get sick from Listeria than people with normal immune systems
  • People who take gluticocorticosteroids, such as cortisone
  • Elderly people

Symptoms of Listeria

Listeria symptoms appear anywhere between 3 and 70 days after infection, but usually around 21 days later. Typical symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea or diarrhea (less common)

If infection spreads to the central nervous system, symptoms can include:

  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion
  • Loss of balance
  • Convulsions

Symptoms for those with Weakened Immune Systems

If a patient has a weak immune system, Listeria bacteria can invade the central nervous system and cause meningitis or a brain infection. 

Symptoms for Pregnant Women and Newborns

Infected pregnant woman experience mild, flu-like symptoms. However, infection during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, infection of the newborn, or stillbirth. Symptoms usually appear in newborns in the first week of life but can also occur later on. A newborn’s Listeria symptoms are often subtle, and include irritability, fever, and poor feeding.

Diagnosis of Listeria

Doctors can determine whether patients have listeriosis by taking a blood or spinal fluid sample.

Treatment of Listeria

Patients who present with symptoms of listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics.

How to Prevent Listeria

  • Thoroughly cook raw food from animal sources, such as beef, pork, or poultry
  • Wash raw vegetables before eating them
  • Keep uncooked meats separate from vegetables and cooked foods 
  • Avoid products made with unpasteurized milk
  • Wash hands and cooking utensils after handling uncooked foods
  • Consume perishable and read-to-eat foods as soon as possible

Foods to Avoid

  • Do not eat hot dogs or lunch meats unless they are heated to a temperature sufficient to kill Listeria bacteria
  • Avoid getting liquid from hot dog packages on other food
  • Wash hands after handling hot dogs and lunch and deli meats
  • Do not eat soft cheeses (e.g., feta, Brie, Camembert, blue cheese, and queso blanco) unless the label clearly states that they are pasteurized
  • Do not eat refrigerated pâté or meat spread, only canned or shelf-stable ones
  • Do not eat refrigerated smoked seafood, sometimes labeled as “nova-style,” “lox,” “kippered,” or “jerky.” Canned or shelf-stable smoked seafood is ok

Additional Resources:

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Listeria outbreaks. The Listeria lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Listeria and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $850 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Listeria lawyers have litigated Listeria cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as lettuce, polony, deli meat, cantaloupe, cheese, celery and milk.  

If you or a family member became ill with a Listeria infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Listeria attorneys for a free case evaluation.

Nam & Son of MD, Jessup, MD is recalling one-pound bags of soybean sprouts, with the sell-by date of December 21, 2023, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail, or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeriainfections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The product has been distributed to retail stores in MD ranging from December 14, 2023.

The affected product is packaged in a 1lb plastic bag (retail), labeled under the Nam & Son of MD DBA Sam Sung S & M Food and have a “Sell By” date of December 21, 2023.

NO illness has been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after a random sample was collected and analyzed by the state of Maryland, which resulted in confirmation of presence Listeria Monocytogenes in the product. The company has actively started investigating the root cause of the problem. All retail stores who have this “Sell By” date on the packaging should remove this product from their shelves. Consumers should not consume the products and should discard this product or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers should contact their health provider with any illness concerns. Consumers with questions about the warning may contact Nam & Son at 443-896-6738 which will be monitored 24 hours EST from Monday – Sunday.

Link to First Recall

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BrightFarms has issued a voluntary recall of spinach grown by its supplier Element Farms in their Pompton Plains, New Jersey farm and distributed under the BrightFarms brand because the spinach has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Due to potential cross-contamination, BrightFarms is also issuing a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of four salad kit products (shown below) from its Selinsgrove, PA facility.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriage and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled products were distributed to retailers in seven states including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The products come in 4-oz, clear, plastic containers. Information about the “best by” date, UPC, and facility code can be found at the bottom of the package. Pictures to assist customers in identifying the recalled products are found at the end of this announcement.

ProductOunceUPC
Codes
Facility
Code
Best-By Date
BrightFarms Baby Spinach3.5oz8-57062-00492-3PEN81/11/2024,
1/13/2024,
1/18/2024,
1/20/2024
BrightFarms Mediterranean
Crunch Kit
6.35oz8-50051-82501-1PEN41/15/2024,
1/20/2024
BrightFarms Chickpea Caesar
Crunch Kit
6.50oz8-57062-00415-2PEN41/15/2024,
1/20/2024
BrightFarms Bacon Ranch
Crunch Kit
6.70oz8-57062-00416-9PEN41/15/2024
BrightFarms Southwest
Chipotle
5.85oz8-50051-82500-4PEN41/15/2024

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall of spinach was initiated after routine sampling conducted by Element Farms yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes. Due to potential cross-contamination at BrightFarms’s Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania facility, BrightFarms is also recalling a limited quantity of four select salad kit products. No positive test results or reported illness have been received on those products, to date.

As a result of today’s recall, the company has temporarily suspended distribution of Element Farms grown spinach.

Fresh Express has issued a voluntary recall of a Fresh Express Spinach, 8 oz. size, with product code G332 and use-by date of December 15 and Publix Spinach, 9 oz size, with product code G332 and a now expired use-by date of December 14 due to a potential health risk from Listeria monocytogenesListeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Consumers with these symptoms of listeriosis should consult their health care provider.

The two recalled spinach items were distributed to retailers in seven states including AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, TN and VA.

Fresh Express Limited Product Recall December 15, 2023

Name of ProductOuncesUPCBag CodeUse-By DateDistribution States
Fresh Express Spinach8 oz.0 71279 13204 4G332Dec 15, 2023AL, FL, GA, NC, VA
Publix Spinach9 oz.0 41415 00886 1G332Dec 14, 2023AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, TN, VA

Product codes are located on the front of the packages below the use-by dates. Photos are provided for ease of identifying the products.

To date no illnesses are reported in connection with the recall and no other Fresh Express products are being recalled.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling conducted by the Florida Department of Agriculture yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a single randomly selected package of spinach. Fresh Express immediately notified affected retailers and instructed them to remove the recalled items from store shelves and all inventories.

Herold’s Salads of Cleveland is recalling assorted deli salads packaged in various sizes. Recalled products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

There have been no reported illnesses or adverse health effects reported to date, however, Herolds Salads Inc. is proactively recalling specific batches to which this risk applies. The following products should be disposed of immediately (label examples are included):

  • Southern Potato Salad Best Before: 1/14/2024-1/16/2024
  • Original Potato Salad Best Before: 1/14/2024-1/16/2024
  • Original Potato Salad with Egg Best Before: 1/14/2024-1/16/2024
  • Rotini Garden Medley Best Before: 1/14/2024-1/16/2024
  • Greek Orzo Best Before: 1/14/2024
  • Black Bean and Corn Salsa Best Before: 01/14/2024
  • Fireland Deli Potato Salad Best Before: 01/26/2024
  • Amish Macaroni Salad Best Before: 01/17/2024
  • Amish Potato Salad Best Before: 01/17/2024
  • Original Macaroni Salad Best Before: 01/14/2024-1/16/2024
  • Poppyseed Pasta Salad Best Before: 1/6/2024
  • Amish Wedding Rotini Garden Medley Best Before: 01/14/2024
  • Amish Wedding Potato Salad Best Before: 1/24/2024
  • Amish Wedding Macaroni Salad Best Before: 1/19/2024
  • Amish Wedding Diced Cucumber Salad Best Before: 01/23/2024
  • Amish Macaroni Salad (Dutch Valley) Best Before: 1/19/2024
  • Amish Potato Salad (Dutch Valley) Best Before: 1/19/2024

Product may have been repackaged in a variety of sizes pending on the location of purchase. Please ask your local point of purchase if the product purchased falls within this recall.

Products were available at the following locations in Ohio:

  • Lake Road Market, 20267 Lake Rd., Rocky River
  • Krieger’s Ranch Market, 615 Graham Road, Cuyahoga Falls
  • Shop N Save, 37 Ridge Rd, Newton Falls
  • Tost, 13427 Madison Ave, Lakewood
  • Tost, 2341 Scranton Rd, Cleveland
  • Chuppa’s Market Place, 5640 Pearl Road, Parma
  • Mike’s Market, 9189 Chillicothe Rd, Kirtland
  • Rego’s, 19600 W 130th St, Strongsville
  • Dave’s Market, 1929 E. 61st Street, Cleveland
  • Dave’s Market, 871 E. Exchange St., Akron
  • Dave’s Market, 4948 Turney Rd., Garfield Heights
  • Dave’s Market, 22501 Shore Center Dr., Euclid
  • Dave’s Market, 16820 Harvard Ave., Cleveland
  • Dave’s Market, 3628 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland Heights
  • Dave’s Market, 5100 Wilson Mills Rd., Richmond Heights
  • Dave’s Market, 3565 Ridge Road, Cleveland
  • Farmhouse Foods, 20524 Southgate Park Blvd., Bedford
  • Bums, 7771 Broadway Ave., Cleveland
  • Verdi’s Italian Market, 8720 Mentor Ave., Mentor
  • Postiy’s Meats, 3819 Columbus Rd., Canton
  • Pressler Meats, 2553 Pressler Rd., Akron
  • Macali’s Giant Eagle, 48 Vienna Ave., Niles
  • Edinburgh Corner Store, 6792 Tallmadge Rd., Rootstown
  • Brownhelm Country Market, 1605 North Ridge Rd., Vermilion
  • Steve Polansky Meats, 6703 Dewey Rd., Amherst
  • Augie’s Pizza, 14084 State Rd., North Royalton
  • Vermillion Market, 2901 Liberty Ave., Vermillion
  • Lucky’s Market, 7596 Fredle Dr., Concord
  • Raddell’s Sausage, 478 E. 152nd St., Cleaveland
  • Mentor Family Foods, 7294 Lakeshore Blvd., Mentor
  • Rego Brother’s Market, 19600 W. 130th St., Strongsville
  • Miller’s Grocery, 711 Wooster St., Lodi
  • Miller’s Grocery, 1617 Claremont Ave., Ashland
  • IGA, 220 N. Main St., Rittman
  • Heffelfinger Meats, 469 County Road 30A, Jeromesville
  • Albert’s, 460 Main St., Grafton
  • Fresh Deli, 5 East Caston Rd., Akron
  • Roots Poultry, 3721 W. State St., Fremont
  • Herolds Salads Inc, 17512 Miles Ave., Cleveland

Listeria Monocytogenes is commonly known for causing fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea and may also lead to stillbirth in severe cases. Persons exhibiting any of these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.

The recalled peaches have been linked to an outbreak of Listeriosis that has resulted in eleven illnesses.

FDA, CDC and State Health Departments have yet to weigh in.

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The HMC Group Marketing, Inc., which does business as HMC Farms, is voluntarily recalling peaches, plums and nectarines sold in retail stores between May 1 and November 15, 2022 and between May 1 and November 15, 2023. The fruit is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled fruit was distributed nationwide and sold at retail stores as individual pieces of fruit bearing PLU stickers (see photos) or in consumer packaging (also shown in the attached photos) AND sold at retail between May 1 and November 15, 2022 and between May 1 and November 15, 2023.

This recall includes only conventionally grown fruit – no organic fruit is being recalled. Peaches, plums, and nectarines currently available for sale at retail stores are not included in this recall.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is advising consumers not to consume Wilcox Ice Cream (“best by” dates 9/13/24, 9/14/24, 9/15/24), produced by Wilcox Ice Cream in East Arlington, Vermont, as it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. 

The company is voluntarily recalling the following products:

FlavorPackage Size
Wilcox’s Premium Sweet Cream1.5 QuartQuartPint
Wilcox’s Premium Sweet Cream Caramel Apple       1.5 QuartQuartPint
Wilcox’s Premium Vanilla1.5 QuartQuartPint
Wilcox’s Premium Salted Caramel Turtle1.5 QuartQuartPint
Wilcox’s Premium Maple Cream1.5 QuartQuartPint
Wilcox’s Premium Mint Chocolate Chip1.5 QuartQuartPint
Leonardo’s Gelato Mint Chocolate Chip4 oz. cups  
Wilcox’s SUPER PREMIUM Mint Chocolate Chip1.5 Quart Pint
Wilcox’s SUPER PREMIUM Caramel Brownie 1.5 Quart Pint

Consumers should discontinue consumption of the product immediately. Please dispose of this product or return to your store of purchase for full credit.  

“Listeriosis can cause serious health concerns,” said Patricia Tilley, Director of the DHHS Division of Public Health Services (DPHS). “Foods that are contaminated may not look, smell, or taste any different so there is no way to tell if Listeriosis is present. The Division of Public Health Services is recommending that consumers, restaurants, and retailers check their freezers and throw away recalled ice cream products or return to the place of purchase for a full refund.”

The recall was initiated after a sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes by the DPHS Public Health Laboratory. No illnesses have been reported to date. Wilcox Ice Cream is sold at food establishments in New England including the Hanover Co-Op Food Store, Lebanon Co-Op Food Store and the Monadnock Food Co-Op in New Hampshire. DHHS will provide updates if additional New Hampshire distribution locations are identified. Wilcox Ice Cream is cooperating with state officials to determine the root cause of the contamination. 

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. The bacteria can also spread from the gut to other parts of the body and cause serious and invasive infection, including the nervous system leading to symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions. Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics, so anyone who suspects they may have the illness should contact their healthcare provider.

Two people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria were reported from two states: one from New York and one from Pennsylvania. Sick people’s samples were collected in May and June 2023. Both sick people were hospitalized, and neither died.

The true number of sick people in this outbreak is likely higher than the number reported, and this outbreak may not have been limited to the states with known illnesses. This is because some people recover without medical care and are not tested for Listeria.

One sick person ate “Soft Serve on The Go” ice cream cups, and the other person likely ate the same ice cream cup at a long-term care facility they lived.

The outbreak strain of Listeria was found in “Soft Serve On The Go” ice cream cups, “Ice Cream House” mini dessert cigar novelty ice cream, and several environmental samples taken from two of The Ice Cream House stores.

“Ice Cream House” products and “Soft Serve On The Go” ice cream cups were made by The Ice Cream House of Brooklyn, NY.

“Ice Cream House” products were sold at Ice Cream House store locations in Brooklyn, NY, and at grocery stores in New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.

“Soft Serve On The Go” ice cream cups were sold nationwide and also distributed to long-term care facilities and nursing homes.

“Ice Cream House” ice cream and frozen dessert products and “Soft Serve On The Go” ice cream cups were recalled in August and September. 

Recalled products do not have a lot code on the label.

Don Miguel Foods, a Dallas, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 10,642 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat (RTE) carne asada burrito products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen RTE carne asada burrito items were produced on September 27, 2023. The following products are subject to recall [view labels]:

  • 7-oz. individual wax paper packages containing “DON MIGUEL Hand Made BURRITO CARNE ASADA” with date code D23270 printed on the package.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 20049” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail convenience store locations nationwide.                            

The problem was discovered after the establishment’s laboratory testing indicated the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The establishment notified FSIS that some of the affected product was distributed into commerce.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.