CDC Warns Of Listeria Outbreak Across 7 States, Including Florida

Nov 10, 2023 at 08:49 am by Matt

In a recent public health alert, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expressed concern regarding a listeria outbreak spanning seven states, Florida included. The source of the outbreak has been traced back to tainted peaches, nectarines, and plums distributed by HMC Farms, prompting a recall initiated by the federal agency.

Listeria Outbreak Turned Fatal

According to CDC reports, the outbreak has led to one fatality and ten hospitalizations. However, the actual number of infections may surpass the reported cases, as some individuals might recover without seeking medical attention or undergoing testing for the disease.

Listeria monocytogenes, the bacterium accountable for listeriosis, is contracted through the consumption of contaminated food. On an annual basis, an estimated 1,600 people succumb to listeriosis, with around 260 recorded deaths.

Symptoms Of Listeria

Symptoms associated with listeria infection encompass fever, flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches and fatigue, in addition to a headache and a stiff neck. Those at elevated risk include pregnant women, newborns, individuals aged 65 or older, and those with compromised immune systems. Pregnant women, in particular, face severe complications such as miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infections in newborns.

The CDC's investigation into the outbreak revealed that individuals fell ill after ingesting whole peaches, nectarines, and plums distributed by HMC Farms. The company initiated a recall of a specific batch of fruit sold between May and November in both the current and preceding years. Despite efforts to remove the recalled fruit from store shelves, there exists a possibility that it remains in consumers' freezers. The CDC strongly recommends checking freezers and discarding any fruit that should have been part of the recall.

The Recalled Fruit

The recalled fruit was available in 2-pound bags under the labels "HMC Farms" or "Signature Farms." Consumers seeking additional information can contact the company's consumer information desk at 844-483-3867.

As the investigation progresses, health authorities are actively working to identify any other fruit products that may be contaminated, as outlined in the health advisory. It is imperative for the public to stay vigilant and adhere to CDC guidelines to mitigate the further spread of the listeria outbreak.

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