Fresh peaches, sold at Aldi, Kroger, Target, Walmart and other stores, have been linked to a salmonella outbreak with 68 people in nine states becoming ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fourteen individuals have been hospitalized with no reported deaths, in connection with the outbreak.
Prima Wawona and the Wawona Packing Company has recalled bagged and loose peaches, non-organic and organic, that they say were sold in 20 stores June 1 through Aug. 19, including stores in Florida.
The nonorganic peaches sold at Aldi are labeled with the Wawona name, but the organic peaches aren’t. The lot numbers for the recalled peaches are:
• Aldi Wawona Peaches 2-pound bag UPC #033383322001
• Aldi Peaches Organic 2-pound bag UPC #849315000400
The recall at Target is nationwide. Although the peaches were also from Wawona, it’s not clear how they were branded. The lot numbers are:
• Target Item # 267-03-4038, Peach per pound; UPC # 492670340386
• Target Item # 266-03-0010, Peach by the each; UPC # 204038000005
• Target Item # 266-03-0002, 2-pound peach bag; UPC # 033383322056
• Target Item # 267-50-4044, 2 lb organic peach; UPC # 849315000400
• Target Item # 267-03-4405, White Peach per pound UPC # 492670344056
Bagged peaches were also recalled from Kroger, Walmart, and other retailers.
Check for product codes on the bottom of the packages of the following brands:
• Wawona Peaches; product code 033383322001
• Wawona Organic Peaches; product code 849315000400
• Prima Peaches; product code 766342325903
• Organic Marketside Peaches; product code 849315000400
The FDA says if you purchased any peaches from Aldi or Target since June 1 and you don’t know who the supplier is, throw them away or return them to the store for a refund. Also, check your freezer for peaches you may have frozen. The peaches could potentially be part of this recall, don’t eat them if you are unsure.
Although it’s a good idea to wash fruit and vegetables before eating or freezing, the process of freezing, or washing does not kill Salmonella.
Salmonella symptoms—diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps—typically begin about six hours to six days after infection and last four to seven days, according to the CDC. But some people don’t develop symptoms for several weeks.
People under the age of 5 and over the age of 65 as well as anyone with a weakened immune system are at particular risk of getting sick and suffering from severe illness with salmonella. That’s true too for anyone who regularly takes acid-reducing medication for their stomach, because that reduces the “good” bacteria in the body that can fight bad bacteria such as salmonella.
For more information Call Prima Wawona at 1-877-722-7554, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday to Friday, or visit its website at wawonapacking.com