Snack Recall: Products Pulled Due to Potentially Fatal Contamination

Minnesota-based Hormel Foods Sales LLC has issued a recall for two Planters products produced at one of its facilities and distributed to select states in the southeast U.S. due to concerns over potential listeria contamination. The affected products, Honey Roasted Peanuts and Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts, were distributed to Publix and Dollar Tree warehouses across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

The discovery of listeria monocytogenes in the packaged contents prompted the voluntary recall. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause severe infections, particularly in vulnerable populations such as young children, the elderly, and individuals with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of listeria infection may include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In pregnant women, listeria infections can lead to miscarriages or stillbirths.

The recall specifically targets 4-ounce packages of Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts and 8.75-ounce cans of Planters Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts. Consumers are advised to check the “Best if Used By Date” and UPC code on the packaging to identify the affected products. The UPC code for Honey Roasted Peanuts is 2900002097 with a best-by date of April 11, 2025, while Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts bear the UPC code 2900001621 and a best-by date of April 5, 2026.

Hormel assures consumers that these are the only products affected by the recall and that no illnesses have been reported thus far.

Retailers have been notified, and consumers in possession of the recalled products are urged not to consume them. Instead, they should either discard the items or return them to the store of purchase for a replacement or full refund.