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Planters Peanuts Lawsuit 2024 Update: Allergen Mislabeling?

Hormel Foods Sales, LLC, is recalling certain Planters nut products over concerns that they may have 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,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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Which Products are Affected by the Planters Peanut Recall?

According to an FDA Recall Letter [1] published on May 3, 2024, this action affects the following products:

Brand

Product Description

UPC

BIUB

PLANTERS® Honey Roasted Peanuts 2900002097 04 11 25
PLANTERS® Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts 2900001621 05APR26

These items were produced at one of Hormel’s facilities in April, and shipped to Publix distribution warehouses in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina and to Dollar Tree distribution warehouses in South Carolina and Georgia.

What is Listeria Food Poisoning?

According to the Mayo Clinic 2022 research, listeria contamination poses a significant health risk, particularly for pregnant individuals, those over 65, and individuals with compromised immune systems [2]. This foodborne bacterial illness is primarily contracted through the consumption of improperly processed deli meats and unpasteurized dairy products.

Listeria bacteria can survive refrigeration and even freezing. So people who are at higher risk of serious infections should avoid eating the types of food most likely to contain listeria bacteria.

While healthy individuals typically withstand listeria infection without major complications, it can prove fatal to unborn babies, newborns, and those with weakened immune systems. Timely administration of antibiotics is crucial in mitigating the severity of the infection.

Listeria Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of listeria food poisoning may include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

Onset of Symptoms:

  • Symptoms may manifest a few days post-consumption of contaminated food.
  • Initial signs and symptoms might not appear until 30 days or more.

Nervous System Infection Symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion or changes in alertness
  • Loss of balance
  • Convulsions

Symptoms during Pregnancy and in Newborns:

  • During pregnancy, mild signs and symptoms are common in the mother.
  • However, the infection can have severe consequences for the baby, including intrauterine demise or life-threatening infection shortly after birth.

Newborn Symptoms:

  • Little interest in feeding
  • Irritability
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing

What To Do if You Purchased Recalled Planters Peanuts

If you purchased any Planters nuts that are affected by this recall, you should not eat them, and either discard them immediately or return them to the point of purchase for a full refund. All retailers that received the affected product have been properly notified, according to the FDA.

Listeria Statistics

  • Listeriosis is a severe yet preventable and treatable illness.
  • Pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems (e.g., due to HIV, leukemia, cancer, kidney transplant, or steroid therapy) face the highest risk of severe listeriosis. These individuals should steer clear of high-risk foods.
  • Deli meat and ready-to-eat meat products (e.g., cooked, cured, and/or fermented meats and sausages) are high-risk foods.
  • Listeria monocytogenes bacteria are widespread in nature, inhabiting soil, water, vegetation, and animal feces. These bacteria can contaminate various food sources.
  • Listeriosis is an infectious disease triggered by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) [3]

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Do I Have a Planters Peanuts Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Planters Peanuts Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and are currently accepting new listeria food poisoning cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one developed symptoms of listeria food poisoning after eating recalled Planters Roasted Peanuts or Planters Deluxe Mixed Nuts, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

References:

1. https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/hormel-foods-sales-llc-recalls
2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/listeria-infection/symptoms-causes/syc-20355269
3. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/listeriosis

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