CDC Urging Folks To Check Their Peaches!
The CDC is investigating a possible outbreak in Salmonella Infections in 9 different states and Canada that have been linked to tainted peaches. Almost 70 people have become ill or have been hospitalized as a result of eating the fruit in question.
According to the organization's website, the peaches were packaged by the Wawona Packing Company and sold (both bagged and as loose fruit) under several different brand names to stores such as Target, Walmart, Sams Club, Aldi, Kroger and Wegmans.
The CDC urges anyone who may have purchased fruit from any of those stores in the past few weeks, to check loose peach purchases for stickers with Price Look Up (PLU) numbers on them: 4037, 4038, 4044, 4401, 94037, 94038, 94044, 94401.
They say that the bagged fruit in question were sold under these brands and numbers:
- Wawona Peaches – 033383322001
- Wawona Organic Peaches – 849315000400
- Prima® Peaches – 766342325903
- Organic Marketside Peaches – 849315000400
- Kroger Peaches – 011110181749
- Wegmans Peaches – 077890490488
If you you find yourself in possession of these peaches, or cannot determine where the peaches you have are from, it's better to be safe than sorry; do not eat them, instead throw the fruit away, or return them to the store. Make sure to check your freezer, too.
"Wash and sanitize places where peaches were stored, including countertops and refrigerator drawers or shelves...If peaches from other sources were mixed with recalled peaches, all peaches should be discarded...Don’t eat food made with these peaches."
If you did happen to eat some peaches, just be on the lookout for symptoms of a Salmonella infection. These can include "diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria." For most, the illness last no more than 10 days. But those who are very young, elderly or have compromised immune systems should be especially careful! Consult your healthcare provider if you have symptoms or questions about Salmonella Infections.