Salmonella Peach Outbreak Sweeps the U.S.

  • August 21, 2020
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A new outbreak of salmonella is reaching far and wide in the U.S., and it’s linked to peaches sold in Aldi. From June 1 to the present, bags of Wawona-brand peaches had been sold both in-store and via Instacart, leading to the outbreak. There have been at least 68 cases and 14 hospitalizations linked to the illness, according to federal health authorities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the food safety alert for the salmonella outbreak on Wednesday night.

bowl of peaches

If you have purchased Wawona-brand peaches from Aldi at any time from June 1 to the present, you should throw the peaches away, even if no one had been sickened after eating them. Further, you should clean and sanitize any surfaces that came into contact with the peaches, from fruit bowls to countertops.

States affected by the peach recall include: Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

This outbreak comes on the heels of an even more widespread salmonella outbreak earlier in August, related to red onions. The CDC reported a total of 640 cases and 85 hospitalizations in 43 states.

What is salmonella?

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause an infection called salmonellosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, most humans contract this illness by consuming food contaminated with the bacteria.

Salmonella can cause an intestinal infection that leads to diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. These symptoms usually appear within three days after infection and tend to subside within four to seven days.

In some cases however, salmonella may spread to the bloodstream and other parts of the body. This can result in a case of diarrhea so severe, that dehydration is a risk and hospitalization is necessary. Salmonella can be deadly if not treated promptly with antibiotics.