Sixty-eight people in nine US states have been infected with Salmonella Enteritidis according to a report just released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fourteen people have been admitted to hospital.
Outbreak cases are reported in Iowa (8), Maryland (1), Michigan (17), Minnesota (23), New Jersey (4), New York (8), Pennsylvania (1), Virginia (3) and Wisconsin (3).
Epidemiological evidence has linked the illnesses to consumption of Wawona-brand bagged peaches sold at certain ALDI stores in several states.
ALDI has recalled assorted bagged and loose peaches received from its supplier, Wawona Packing Company. The peaches were sold on or after June 1, 2020 in select ALDI 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 and also were available for purchase through Instacart, a grocery delivery service.
Please refer to the ALDI recall notice for additional details.
According to a report from the Minnesota Department of Health, outbreak victims in that state became ill after eating peaches purchased from Aldi, Target, and possibly other retail locations. Target is in the process of removing the implicated peaches from its stores, but has not issued a formal recall notice as yet.
FDA is conducting a full traceback investigation to determine the source of the contamination and the full scope of distribution of the implicated peaches.
What consumers need to know
- Consumers should not eat, and retailers, suppliers and restaurants should not sell or serve Wawona brand peaches, or any foods made with these peaches.
- Consumers who purchased bagged peaches from ALDI stores from June 1, 2020 to present and cannot identify the brand, should throw the peaches away.
- If you believe yourself or a family member to be experiencing symptoms of a Salmonella infection, talk to your healthcare provider and/or report your illness to your local health department.
3 thoughts on “OUTBREAK ALERT: Wawona-brand bagged peaches linked to 9-state Salmonella outbreak”
Well… we shop at Aldi all the time. We haven’t any peaches from there there recently, though.
I’ve been involved in food safety since the early 1970s. This is the first time I can recall peaches having been linked to a Salmonella outbreak.
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