A peach recall affecting most of the nation’s largest grocery chains has been broadened amid a federal investigation into a Salmonella outbreak blamed.
Fresno, California-based fruit distributor Prima Wawona said Saturday that it had issued a recall for all of its bulk and loose peaches distributed and sold from June 1 through August 3. It also recalled its bagged Wawona and Wawona Organic brand peaches distributed and sold from June 1 through August 19.
The company warned that the products “could possibly be contaminated with Salmonella,” which can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and, in vulnerable people, can be fatal.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had identified 68 cases in nine states as of Wednesday in an investigation that is continuing.
The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday warned Americans not to eat, sell or serve peaches sold by Prima Wawona until further notice.
Consumers who have peaches at home and can’t remember when they bought them or which brand they are should discard them, the FDA said.
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The agency also advised anyone who had the peaches to use “extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with the produce to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. This includes cutting boards, slicers, countertops, refrigerators, and storage bins.”
Retailers that sold the peaches include Walmart, Target, Aldi, Wegmans, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Smiths, Ralphs, Fry’s, City Market, King Soopers and Jay-C.
They were sold under the following brand names and product codes: Wawona Peaches (033383322001), Wawona Organic Peaches (849315000400), Prima Peaches (766342325903), Organic Marketside Peaches (849315000400), Kroger Peaches (011110181749) and Wegmans Peaches (077890490488).
“We’re conducting this voluntary recall in cooperation with the FDA out of consideration for the wellbeing and safety of our customers and consumers,” said George Nikolich, vice president of technical operations for Prima Wawona, in a statement. “We continue to be committed to serving consumers with high quality fruit.”
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.
Kelly Tyko contributed to this report.
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