CHICAGO, IL – A listeria outbreak linked to peaches, plums, and nectarines has triggered a widespread recall, with cases reported in Illinois, Colorado, Florida, and several other states. This health concern escalated following a reported death in California due to the contaminated fruit. HMC Farms, the distributor of these fruits, has initiated the recall, which pertains to products sold across the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the outbreak has resulted in 11 confirmed cases of listeria infection, with 10 hospitalizations. Among the affected, one pregnant woman suffered preterm labor. The states with reported cases include Illinois, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, and the state where the fatality occurred, California.
The recall covers peaches, plums, and nectarines distributed by HMC Farms between May 1, 2022, and November 15, 2023. The CDC has strongly advised consumers not to eat, sell, or serve the recalled fruit, emphasizing the risk it poses, especially to vulnerable populations like young children, the elderly, and individuals with weakened immune systems. Listeria infections can cause severe health issues, including high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Pregnant women are particularly at risk as listeria infections can lead to miscarriages and stillbirths.
The CDC notes that the actual number of affected individuals may be higher than reported, as some may recover without medical intervention and thus remain untested for listeria. The agency is continuing its investigation to ensure public safety and prevent further illnesses. Consumers who have purchased these fruits are urged to exercise caution and follow the CDC’s guidance regarding this recall.