Outbreak investigation of Listeria monocytogenes in peaches, plums, and nectarines (November 2023)

The FDA and CDC, in collaboration with state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to peaches, plums, and nectarines (stone fruit). Samples from sick people were collected from August 22, 2018, to August 16, 2023. According to a case-case analysis conducted by the CDC, people in this outbreak were 18 times more likely to eat peaches, plums, or nectarines. This suggests that peaches, plums, and nectarines are a likely source of this outbreak.  On October 23, 2023, the FDA collected samples of 2lb bagged peaches at The HMC Group Cold Storage, Inc. (Kingsburg, CA), and on November 7, 2023, the samples were reported positive and matched to the outbreak strain by WGS.  As a result, HMC Farms has voluntarily recalled peaches, plums, and nectarines sold in retail stores from May 1, 2022, through November 15, 2022, and from May 1, 2023, through November 15, 2023. The recalled fruit was sold at retail stores as individual pieces bearing PLU stickers or in consumer packaging. The outbreak contains 11 illnesses, 10 hospitalizations, and one death. States with Cases are CA, CO, FL, IL, KS, MI, and OH. @ https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-listeria-monocytogenes-peaches-plums-nectarines-november-2023?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery



 Outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes: Peaches, Plums, & Nectarines
Outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes: Peaches, Plums, & Nectarines

Do not eat, sell, or serve recalled peaches, plums, and nectarines. FDA’s investigation is ongoing.

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