Listeria Outbreak Shakes Seven States: Listeria contamination has spread across seven states in recent weeks, causing disastrous effects. Eleven instances are reported by the CDC, underlining the seriousness of the crisis. One person died, and a sick pregnant woman went into labor early.
The CDC warns that the real number of infections may be greater in California, Florida, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. Underreporting occurs because some Listeria infections heal without medical treatment.
The investigation has identified a connection between the outbreak and peaches, plums, and nectarines supplied by HMC Farms. Tests revealed that these fruits were contaminated with Listeria closely related to the bacteria found in some affected individuals. Consequently, HMC Farms has issued a recall for the implicated produce, encompassing items sold between May 1 and November 15 of the current and previous years. The affected stone fruit was available both individually and in 2-pound bags.
The CDC emphasizes the importance of promptly disposing of any recalled fruit and thoroughly cleaning surfaces and containers that may have come into contact with the contaminated produce. Listeria has the ability to survive on surfaces, including within refrigerators.
Pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, and those 65 and older are at higher risk of serious illness from listeria. Fever, muscle aches, weariness, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or seizures require immediate medical intervention.
This concerning development adds to ongoing concerns about food safety, coming on the heels of another recent fruit-related recall due to a salmonella outbreak. At least 43 illnesses have been reported in connection with whole and pre-cut cantaloupes. Products from Trufresh, Vinyard, and Aldi are included in this recall, further underscoring the importance of vigilance and caution regarding the foods we consume. As investigations continue, staying informed remains crucial to safeguarding public health.