Salmonella-contaminated peaches are to blame for a wave of illnesses and hospitalizations across 17 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The bagged, bulk, and loose peaches, from Prima Wawona, were distributed to retailers nationwide. They were recalled beginning Aug. 22, and should no longer be on store shelves. Anyone who has the peaches should not eat them and discard them immediately.
A total of 101 people was infected with Salmonella Enteritidis, and 28 of those sickened required hospitalization. There were no deaths associated with this recall. Illnesses were reported from June 29 to Aug. 27. The CDC reports that the outbreak has ended. Most of those sickened were in Minnesota followed by Michigan, New York and Iowa. Other states where illnesses were reported include California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.
In interviews with 62 of the 101 who fell ill, 81% reported eating fresh peaches within the week before their illness started. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and regulatory officials in several states collected records from grocery stores where those sickened reported buying peaches and found the produce was distributed by Wawona Packing Company LLC. Prima Wawona recalled all bagged and bulk, or loose, peaches that they had distributed to retailers across the country.
People infected with Salmonella usually develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps within six hours to six days after being exposed to the bacteria. Illnesses usually last four to seven days, and most recover without treatment. But, in some people, the illness can be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. The infection can also spread from the intestines into the bloodstream and on to other places in the body. Young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are more at risk of severe illness.