U.S – The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections associated with peaches, plums, and nectarines, leading to 10 hospitalizations and one tragic death.

The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have launched an investigation into the source of the contamination, urging consumers to exercise caution and take immediate action if they have purchased affected fruit.

The FDA revealed that the outbreak has been under investigation for several years, with cases emerging between August 22, 2018, and August 16, 2023.

A case-case analysis conducted by the CDC indicated that individuals affected by the outbreak were 18 times more likely to have consumed peaches, plums, or nectarines, pinpointing these stone fruits as the likely source.

On October 23, 2023, the FDA collected samples of 2lb bagged peaches at The HMC Group Cold Storage, Inc in Kingsburg, CA. Subsequent analysis on November 7, 2023, confirmed a positive match to the outbreak strain through Whole Genome Sequencing.

HMC Farms, a key player in the stone fruit industry, has voluntarily recalled peaches, plums, and nectarines sold in retail stores during specific periods in 2022 and 2023.

The recall encompasses individual pieces of fruit-bearing PLU stickers or those in consumer packaging. The FDA emphasizes that these products are no longer available for sale.

Consumers who have previously purchased and frozen the recalled fruit are strongly advised to discard them immediately. The FDA underscores that fresh whole peaches, plums, and nectarines currently available for sale at retail are not included in the recall.

The outbreak has manifested in multiple states, including California, Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Illinois, and Florida.

The severity of the situation is underscored by the 10 hospitalizations and one recorded death. The FDA is diligently working to trace the source of the contamination and vows to keep consumers informed as the investigation unfolds.

As the FDA continues its investigation, consumers are urged to remain vigilant and check for updates on the recall.

Those who suspect they may have purchased affected stone fruits should exercise caution and dispose of the products in question.

The FDA has emphasized its commitment to public safety and will release additional information as it becomes available.

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