FDA warns of Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to peaches, plums and nectarines

The agency made a list of the brands that recalled products. Symptoms usually begin within two weeks after eating contaminated food.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes was recorded linked to peaches, plums and nectarines. The health authority detailed that the fruit recalled from the market was distributed nationally and internationally in Canada, Mexico and Taiwan. In the United States, the recalled fruit was sold in retail stores in bags and individually.

The FDA made a list of the food brands that withdrew their product from the market. Additionally, the agency explained that symptoms generally begin within two weeks of eating foods contaminated with Listeria, but can begin as early as the same day or as late as 10 weeks after consumption.

Mild symptoms may include fever, muscle aches, nausea, tiredness, vomiting, and diarrhea. If the more severe form of Listeriosis develops, symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and seizures.

FDA: Throw away any frozen plums, peaches and nectarines

Likewise, the FDA insisted that citizens not eat, sell or serve recalled peaches, plums or nectarines. The recalled fruit is no longer available for sale, and any previously purchased fruit should be past its expiration date.

"If you previously purchased fresh peaches, plums, and nectarines and then froze them, you should throw them away if they are part of the recall or if you cannot tell if they are part of the recall," the FDA said.

Anyone who received or purchased recalled peaches, plums and nectarines should use extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with the recalled fruit to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. This includes baking or canning tools, cutting boards, knives, countertops, refrigerators, freezers, and storage bins.