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Onions aren’t the only produce product being linked to salmonella infections.
The Food & Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating a “multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to bagged peaches,” according to a food safety alert.
As of Wednesday, 68 people from nine states have been infected with the strain of salmonella with illnesses starting between June 29 and Aug. 3. No deaths have been reported.
“Many ill people report purchasing bagged peaches sold at certain ALDI stores in several states,” the CDC said in its safety alert. “This investigation is ongoing to identify other retailers that might have sold contaminated peaches.”
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The discount grocer is voluntarily recalling assorted peaches in 20 states from its supplier Wawona Packing Company as a “precautionary measure” due to possible salmonella contamination, according to a news release.
Target also has announced a “fresh peach recall” on its website that links to a Minnesota state health department news release, which says Target is “in the process of removing peaches from its stores.”
Of the reported cases, Minnesota has the most with 23 and Michigan had 17 cases. Iowa and New York each had eight cases, New Jersey has four cases, Virginia and Wisconsin each had three cases. Maryland and Pennsylvania had one case listed in Wednesday’s CDC alert.
Salmonella illness symptoms
According to the CDC, most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps six hours to six days after being exposed to the bacteria. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment.
In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.
Children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness, the CDC says.
Aldi peach recall
Aldi has removed the peaches from select stores in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
The items were also available for purchase through Aldi’s partnership with Instacart.
The Aldi items included in the recall are:
- Two-pound bags of Wawona Peaches, UPC 033383322001
- Two-pound bags of organic peaches, UPC 849315000400
- Loose bulk peaches
“ALDI takes the safety and integrity of the products it sells seriously,” the release said. “If customers have product affected by this voluntary recall, they should discard it immediately or return it to their local store for a full refund.”
Aldi is referring customers with questions about the recall to call Wawona Packing Company at 1-877-722-7554.
Target peach recall
According to Target, the following products are affected with several date codes included:
- Peaches sold per pound: Target item number 267-03-4038 and UPC 492670340386
- Peach sold “by the each”: Target item number 266-03-0010 and UPC 204038000005
- Two-pound bags of peaches: Target item number 266-03-0002 and UPC 033383322056
- Two-pound bag organic peaches: Target item number 267-50-4044 and UPC 849315000400
- White peach sold per pound: Target item number 267-03-4405 and UPC 492670344056.
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