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Peaches nectarines plums recalled listeria outbreak sickens more than 10 kills 1

"Lethal Listeria outbreak in the US prompts recall of peaches, plums, and nectarines sold in 2022 and 2023. Check your fruit!"

A nationwide listeria outbreak has led to the recall of fresh peaches, plums, and nectarines sold in 2022 and 2023. HMC Group Marketing Inc, also known as HMC Farms, is voluntarily recalling the affected fruit, which was sold in retail stores from May 1 to Nov. 15, 2022 and May 1 to Nov. 15, 2023. The outbreak has resulted in 11 illnesses across seven states: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, and Ohio. The fruit may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, posing a particular risk to pregnant individuals, those aged 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems.

The affected fruit was sold in two-pound bags branded as "HMC Farms" or "Signature Farms," as well as individual pieces with a sticker bearing "USA-E-U" and specific numbers. All of the recalled fruit was conventionally grown, with no organic fruit involved in the recall. The CDC is advising consumers not to consume the recalled fruit and to discard any of the affected products found in their homes, including those in refrigerators and freezers. Listeria can survive in refrigerated environments and spread to other foods and surfaces, so it is essential to thoroughly clean any areas that may have come into contact with the recalled fruit.

Symptoms of Listeria infection include fever, vomiting, severe headache, nausea, muscle aches, and neck stiffness. Pregnant individuals infected with listeria may experience only fever, muscle aches, and tiredness, but the infection can lead to pregnancy loss, premature birth, or a life-threatening infection in a newborn. Symptoms typically manifest within two weeks of consuming contaminated food, but they can appear as early as the same day or as late as 10 weeks afterward. Anyone experiencing symptoms after consuming the recalled fruit should seek immediate medical attention.

For further inquiries, consumers can contact the company's consumer information desk at 844-483-3867, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. It is crucial to take this recall seriously and prioritize safety to prevent any further illnesses or complications associated with listeria contamination.

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