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January 1, Urgent FDA Recall: Bacteria Lurks in Popular Pantry Product



Think twice before reaching for your favorite nuts in the pantry. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a recall of certain lots of Planters nuts due to concerns of dangerous bacteria contamination.

On May 3, Hormel Foods Sales, LLC issued a company announcement. They are “voluntarily recalling a limited number” of two Planters products: Honey Roasted Peanuts and Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts. The recall is due to potential Listeria contamination.

“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,” the alert noted. Healthy individuals may also experience symptoms like “high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.”

Listeria symptoms may appear within hours after eating contaminated food but could take up to two to three days to manifest. No illnesses have been reported in relation to this Planters recall so far.

“Our commitment to food safety remains our utmost priority,” Hormel said. “A full investigation is currently underway to determine the potential source of the contamination.”

The recalled Planters products were produced at one of Hormel’s facilities in April. The affected Honey Roasted Peanuts were sold in 4-ounce packages with a “Best if Used By Date” of April 11, 2025, and a UPC of 2900002097. The recalled Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts were sold in 8.75-ounce cans with a “Best if Used By Date” of April 5, 2026, and a UPC of 2900001621.

“No other sizes, varieties, or other packaging configurations of Planters brand products are included in this recall,” Hormel announced.

This limited recall is expected to affect consumers in five states. The recalled products were shipped to Dollar Tree distribution warehouses in South Carolina and Georgia, and to Publix distribution warehouses in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.

“All retailers that received the affected product have been properly notified,” Hormel noted. “If a consumer has this product, they can discard the product or return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund.”

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