So far, there have been 11 reported illnesses related to the outbreak.
Peaches, plums, and nectarines distributed by HMC Farms are currently being recalled due to a listeria outbreak, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The fruit was distributed nationwide and sold at retail stores as individual pieces of fruit with PLU stickers or in consumer packaging. The recalled fruit was sold between May 1 and November 15, 2022, as well as between May 1 and November 15, 2023.
According to epidemiologic and laboratory data, the fruit may be contaminated with listeria. As of November 17, 11 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of listeria, including 10 hospitalizations and one death, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
People who fell ill from the listeria outbreak live in seven states, including California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, and Ohio.
The true number of people sick with listeria is likely higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to the states with known illnesses, the CDC reports. It can take three to four weeks to determine is a sick person is part of an outbreak.
Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, according to the CDC. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, headaches, loss of balance, and muscle aches.
Although the recalled fruit is no longer available in retail stores, the FDA is urging consumers to check their food supply and to discard any peaches, plums, and nectarines included in the recall.
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