Peaches Have Been Linked to an Outbreak of Salmonella That Has Sickened 68 People in 9 States
The US Food and Drug Administration is investigating.
It's peak peach season but unfortunately, the fruit is currently linked to a major salmonella outbreak. At least 68 people have been sickened in nine states—Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin—and the US Food and Drug Administration is currently investigating. "FDA's traceback investigation is ongoing to determine the full scope of product distribution and source of contamination," the agency said.
The bagged peaches were sold under the Wawona brand name in two-pound clear, plastic bags (UPC Code 033383322001) at ALDI stores in 16 states beginning on June 1. ALDI has issued a voluntary recall of peaches shipped to states including Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
Loose bulk peaches and two-pound bags of organic peaches (UPC Code 849315000400) are also affected. The FDA recommends that consumers should thoroughly clean and sanitize any surfaces that the peaches have come in contact with, including cutting boards, knives, countertops, and refrigerators in order to prevent cross-contamination.
Customers are being advised to discard the peaches immediately or return them to their local ALDI store for a full refund. Any additional questions may be directed to the customer service department of Wawona Packing Company LLC at 1-877-722-7554.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of salmonella include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, and headaches and can last for four to seven days. If you have any of these symptoms and think that you have been infected, call your doctor immediately.