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California, six other states report multiple cases in latest fruit-related bacteria outbreak, CDC says

Brianna Taylor, The Sacramento Bee on

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A listeria outbreak — linked to whole peaches, nectarines and plums — has been reported 11 times in seven states.

Three cases have been reported in California as of Monday, the largest number other than Florida, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The other five cases were reported in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan and Ohio. According to a statement, 10 people have been hospitalized and one person in California has died.

The timeline of the outbreak spans from 2018 to August.

Interviews with infected people and lab testing confirmed whole peaches, nectarines and plums from HMC farms are “making people sick.” The Food and Drug Administration found listeria in a peach sample, the CDC stated. The company voluntarily recalled its fruits Friday, sold across the U.S. between May 1 and Nov. 15, 2022, and between May 1 and Nov. 15 this year due to potential contamination.

The number of people sick, the CDC states, is likely higher than what has been reported.


What you should do next

Recalled peaches, nectarines and plums should have been taken off shelves at retail stores.

Do not eat the fruit. If you find any in your home, throw it away.

Clean your refrigerator, freezer, containers and any other surfaces that came in contact with the food because listeria can easily spread.


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