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Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Infections Linked to Peaches

FOOD SAFETY ALERT

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)external icon are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to peaches.

Do not eat, serve, or sell recalledexternal icon peaches packed or supplied by Wawona Packing Company LLC.

  • Check your homes for recalled peaches packed or supplied by Wawona Packing Company LLC starting from June 1, 2020.
  • Don’t eat recalled peaches. Throw them out or return them to the store.
    • Recalled peaches were sold at different stores under various brand names. Peaches were sold in bags and individually.
    • If you can’t tell where your peaches are from, don’t eat them. Throw them out.
    • Don’t eat food made with these peaches.
  • Check your kitchen and refrigerator for recalled peaches. If you freeze fresh peaches to use later, check your freezer, too.
    • Brands and product codes for recalled peaches sold in bags include:
      • Wawona Peaches – 033383322001
      • Wawona Organic Peaches – 849315000400
      • Prima® Peaches – 766342325903
      • Organic Marketside Peaches – 849315000400
      • Kroger Peaches – 011110181749
      • Wegmans Peaches – 077890490488
    • Wash and sanitize places where peaches were stored, including countertops and refrigerator drawers or shelves. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.
  • Restaurants and retailers, as well as suppliers, distributors, and others in the supply chain should clean and sanitize any surfaces that may have come in contact with recalled peaches, including cutting boards, countertops, refrigerators, and storage bins. If peaches from other sources were mixed with recalled peaches, all peaches should be discarded.

Symptoms of Salmonella Infection

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  • Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria.
  • The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 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.
  • For more information, see Symptoms of Salmonella Infection.

Take these steps if you have symptoms of a Salmonella infection:

  • Talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick.
  • Report your illness to your local health department.
    • The health department will likely call you for an interview to ask you about foods you ate in the week before you got sick.
  • Assist public health investigators by answering their questions when they contact you.

Latest Outbreak Information

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  • Since the initial food safety alert on August 19, 2020, new information suggests this outbreak involves other types of peaches in addition to those sold in bags.
  • This investigation is ongoing to identify other retailers that may have sold contaminated peaches.
  • As of August 19, 2020, a total of 68 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from nine states.
    • Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 29, 2020, to August 3, 2020.
    • 14 hospitalizations have been reported. No deaths have been reported.
  • Epidemiologic evidence indicates that peaches are the likely source of this outbreak.
    • Peaches packed or supplied by Wawona Packing Company LLC to retailers in multiple states are a likely source of this outbreak.
  • On August 21, 2020, Wawona Packing Company LLC recalledexternal icon bagged peaches that were sold under several brand names at a variety of stores in multiple states.
  • On August 19, 2020, Target recalledexternal icon multiple varieties of fresh peaches and removed them from their U.S. stores.
  • On August 19, 2020, ALDI recalledexternal icon peaches sold in bags and removed them from stores in multiple states.
  • CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

Investigation Details

August 21, 2020

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to peaches.

Since the initial food safety alert on August 19, 2020, new information suggests this outbreak involves other types of peaches in addition to those sold in bags.

As of August 19, 2020, a total of 68 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 9 states. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Map of Reported Cases page.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 29, 2020, to August 3, 2020. Ill people range in age from 1 to 92 years, with a median age of 39. Sixty-five percent of ill people are female. Of 47 ill people with available information, 14 hospitalizations have been reported. No deaths have been reported.

Illnesses might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks. Please see the Timeline for Reporting Cases of Salmonella Infection for more details.

Whole genome sequencing analysis of 10 bacterial isolates from ill people did not predict any antibiotic resistance. Standard antibiotic susceptibility testing by CDC’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) laboratory is underway.

Investigation of the Outbreak

Epidemiologic evidence indicates that peaches are the likely source of this outbreak. This investigation is ongoing to identify other retailers that may have sold contaminated peaches packed or supplied by Wawona Packing Company LLC.

In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became ill. Of 31 people with information, 27 (87%) reported eating peaches. This percentage is significantly higher than results from a survey pdf icon[PDF – 29 pages] of healthy people in which 20% reported eating peaches in the week before they were interviewed.

Of the 19 people who reported information on how the peaches were packaged, 12 (63%) reported pre-bagged peaches and 7 (37%) reported loose peaches. Of the 12 people reporting pre-bagged peaches, 11 (92%) reported purchasing pre-bagged peaches from ALDI stores and 1 person (8%) reported purchasing from Target.

On August 21, 2020, Wawona Packing Company LLC recalledexternal icon bagged peaches that were sold under several brand names at a variety of stores in multiple states.

On August 19, 2020, ALDI recalled pdf icon[PDF – 2 pages]external icon peaches and removed them from stores in multiple states.

On August 19, 2020, Target recalledexternal icon multiple varieties of fresh peaches and removed them from U.S. stores.

FDA’s traceback investigation is ongoing to identify the source of this outbreak and to determine if potentially contaminated product has been shipped to additional retailers.

Consumers should not eat any recalledexternal icon peaches packed or supplied by Wawona Packing Company LLC.

CDC will provide updates when more information becomes available.

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