Food Recall: Peaches at Major Grocers Linked to Salmonella

Bagged, bulk and loose peaches are being recalled from Aldi, Target, Walmart and more. Here's what you need to know.

August 24, 2020


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It’s prime season for juicy peaches, but you may need to put those cobblers on hold for now. According to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report from August, two-pound bags of fresh peaches from the Wawona Packing Company were potentially contaminated in Salmonella Enteritidis and distributed to stores throughout the country. Contaminated fruit was sold starting June 1, 2020, and is still widely available. As of August 19, 2020, the FDA reported of 68 cases of salmonella spreading across nine states. As of August 22, 2020, the Wawona Packing Company, as well the affiliated Prima Wawona company, has expanded the recall to include bulk and loose peaches in addition to bagged.

Symptoms of Salmonella Enteritidis infections can include fever, headaches diarrhea and abdominal cramping; more severe cases can lead to hospitalization and death.

According to an FDA report released on August 20, 2020, Aldi markets have removed all peaches sources from Wawona packing from their inventory from stores in 20 states including Connecticut, New York, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Virginia. According to the report, these peaches were also delivered via Instacart delivery services. As of August 23, 2020, several other retailers have been alerted to the recall including Target, Wegman’s and Walmart. The Kroger chain with several subsidiaries that go by other names were also included on the list.

Consumers who have purchased these peaches should throw them away immediately and inquire with retailers about refund information. Countertops, refrigerator drawers, freezers or any other utensils and surfaces where these stone fruits were used or stored should be cleaned and sanitized in the dishwasher. Cooking the peaches will not kill all the potentially harmful bacteria, as there is a risk the bacterial load is too high.

For a full list of stores, effected products names and identifier codes, visit the FDA website, which is frequently updated.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. She is the author of four cookbooks First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers, The Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook, The Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook and Healthy Quick and Easy Smoothies.

*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.

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