At least 78 people in 12 states have been sickened by an outbreak of salmonella found in loose peaches and other peach products. As a result, a recall has been expanded and officials are urging anyone who purchased peaches in the affected states to be extremely cautious and/or discard their peaches altogether.
All of the 78 illnesses were reported between June 29 and Aug. 3, but officials say there is potential for more because of a sometimes weeks-long lag between poisoning, side effects, and reporting. “Illnesses might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks,” the CDC said. Of the cases, 23 victims were hospitalized, according to the official statement. No deaths have been reported from the outbreak thus far.
According to the official FDA report, the peaches in question were shipped to multiple retailers in more than 30 states and originated from California-based Prima Wawona Packing Company LLC. More than a dozen retailers including Aldi, Food Lion, Kroger, Walmart, Target. Wegmans and Hannaford have already recalled the peaches and peach products containing the potentially infected stone fruit.
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As of this reporting, bagged peaches, loose peaches, and bulk peaches are under recall, along with peach salsa sold under three brand names but all labeled as Perfectly Peach Salsa. “If you can’t tell where the peaches are from, don’t eat them,” the CDC warned on its website Thursday.
The FDA has named 34 states in which the bad peaches may have been distributed for sale: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
“FDA’s traceback investigation is ongoing to identify the source of this outbreak and to determine if potentially contaminated products have been shipped to additional retailers.”
We will continue to update this story as it develops.
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