The Centers for Disease Control and Presentation (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to bagged peaches sold at ALDI stores in 9 states — Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Information on specific lots of peaches recalled from ALDI is here. The state of Minnesota public health department has expanded the recall to include bagged peaches sold at Target and possibly other retail stores. Bagged peaches labeled USDA organic are included in these recall notices.
So far, there have been 68 reported cases of Salmonella Enteritidis resulting in 14 hospitalizations.
What should consumers do? The CDC is advising the following:
- Consumers should not eat any recalled Wawona-brand bagged peaches that they purchased from ALDI stores in Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin between June 1, 2020 and the present. [Target stores have added product sold at their stores to this recall.] Throw the peaches away, even if some of them were eaten and no one has gotten sick.
- The items were also available for purchase through Instacart, a grocery delivery service.
- Do not eat foods made with these peaches.
- Wash and sanitize places where peaches were stored: countertops and refrigerator drawers or shelves. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.
- Restaurants and retailers should not sell or serve recalled peaches purchased from ALDI stores.
- Sanitize any surfaces that may have come in contact with recalled peaches.
- Suppliers, distributors, and others in the supply chain should not ship or sell recalled peaches.
- Suppliers and distributors that repackage peaches should clean and sanitize any surfaces and storage bins that may have come in contact with recalled peaches.
- Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria.
- The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 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.
- For more information, see Symptoms of Salmonella Infection.
Take these steps if you have symptoms of a Salmonella infection:
- Talk to your healthcare provider.
- Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick.
- Report your illness to your local health department.
- The health department will likely call you for an interview to ask you about foods you ate in the week before you got sick.
- Assist public health investigators by answering their questions when they contact you.
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