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US: CDC report links listeria cases to stone fruit

The Packer: A listeria outbreak in the summer of 2014 was definitely linked to fruit from Wawona Packing Co., marking the first time such an outbreak has been connected to stone fruit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The company recalled everything it packed at its Cutler, Calif., facility from June 1 through July 17 in 2014, including organic and conventional whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots, according to a notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

Initially it was thought that no illnesses were linked to the recall, which Wawona officials said was initiated after an Australian importer discovered minute levels of listeria on fruit received from Wawona. However, the CDC reported March 20 that traceback efforts using store receipts, loyalty card data and patient interviews showed some people who developed infections from listeria monocytogenes had eaten the stone fruit before becoming sick.

Click here to read the article from The Packer.

Click here to read the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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