U.S. CDC Warns of Listeria Outbreak Linked to Peaches, Nectarines, Plums


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday warned of Listeria outbreak linked to peaches, nectarines, and plums.

Eleven people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria have been reported from seven U.S. states, according to CDC.

Ten people have been hospitalized and one person has died.

Interviews with sick people and laboratory findings show that whole peaches, nectarines, and plums distributed by HMC Farms are making people sick, according to CDC.

HMC Farms recalled these fruits sold nationwide in 2022 and 2023 between the dates of May 1 and Nov. 15 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found the outbreak strain in a sample of their peaches.

Investigators are working to identify any other fruit products that may be contaminated, said CDC.

Listeria is especially harmful to people who are pregnant, aged 65 or older, or with weakened immune systems. This is because Listeria is more likely to spread beyond their gut to other parts of their body, resulting in a severe condition known as invasive listeriosis, according to CDC.