A new multistate outbreak of salmonella food poisoning has been linked to bagged peaches sold at ALDI grocery stores, which have caused about 70 illnesses across at least nine states.
The FDA announced an ALDI peach recall on August 19, after officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) performed investigations determining peaches grown in the California region and distributed to the grocery store chain are the likely source of contamination.
A CDC warning indicates investigators identified at least 68 infections, which have resulted in fourteen hospitalizations. According to traceback and epidemiologic evidence, peaches originating from the Wawona farm in California are being considered the likely source of contamination and should not be eaten.
The recall involves assorted Wawona and Organic peaches grown in the California region by its supplier, Wawona Packing Company. Recalled peaches were sold in two pound bags with the UPC code 033383322001 or 849315000400 through Instacart and ALDI grocery 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.
Officials indicate the investigation is still trying to determine if additional vendors were supplied potentially contaminated peaches from Wawona Packaging Company.
Customers are being instructed to stop consuming the recalled peaches immediately and to either discard them or return the products to their local store for a full refund.
Salmonella infections can cause mild to severe health consequences depending upon the individual. The bacteria may cause a healthy person to experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain whereas the young or elderly with weakened immune systems may face more severe consequences, including fatal infections.
Among pregnant women, salmonella poisoning may cause still births and miscarriages. Occasionally, salmonella infections may travel through the bloodstream and produce illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis, which can cause severe to potentially life threatening health consequences.
Customers with additional questions concerning the recall are encouraged to contact Wawona Packing Company LLC Customer Service at 1-877-722-7554.
Officials from the CDC and FDA are currently investigating multiple Salmonella outbreaks, with the largest outbreak involving onions recalled by Thompson International that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport.
As of August 18, CDC officials had received a total of 869 Salmonella Newport infections linked to the onions across 47 states, resulting in 116 hospitalizations.