Listeria infection is a foodborne bacterial illness that can be found in various foods.
As of November 21, 2023, there have been a total of 11 illnesses across 7 states in the US relating to Peaches, Nectarines and Plums from HMC farms. Of the 11 reported cases, 10 of them were hospitalized, while 1 death was reported.
HMC farms has recalled their products from stores and it is advised that people who have purchased their products dispose of them, as well as clean out anywhere that touched potentially infected fruits.
According to the CDC, approximately 1,600 people are infected with Listeriosis each year, and about 260 people die from the sickness.
Those who are at risk are elderly ages 65 and older, pregnant women, as well as individuals with weakened immune systems(Immunocompromisation).
Immunocompromisation comes as people age, but can be caused by underlying medical conditions, such as cancer or diabetes. Treatments such as steroids and chemotherapy increase the chances of an individual getting a Listeria infection as it makes it harder for the body to fight off illness.
Listeria infection may cause miscarriages, stillbirths, preterm labor and in newborns.
Beginning in 2011, various foods have been reported to have an association with Listeria infections. These foods include the likes of dairy products such as milk and ice cream, deli meats and even hard-boiled eggs.
You can check out the CDC’s full list of Listeriosis outbreaks here.
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