As the end of the summer—and peach season—approaches, it only makes sense to pop a few in your shopping cart for healthy snacks or the kids’ school (?) lunches. Unfortunately, that’s not a great idea right now, because just like onions earlier this month, some peaches are now being recalled because they’ve been named a “likely source” of another Salmonella outbreak. Here’s what you need to know.
Which peaches can potentially make you sick?
The CDC’s most recent data (from August 19) indicates that there have been 68 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis throughout nine states potentially linked to peaches packed or supplied by Prima Wawona or Wawona Packing Company. As a result, the company issued a recall on all of the bulk and loose peaches they distributed and sold from June 1 through August 3, and its bagged Wawona and Wawona Organic peaches distributed and sold from June 1 through August 19.
Wawona peaches are sold at popular retailers like Aldi, Target, Kroger, Wegmens and Walmart, among others. The FDA recommends that anyone who is unsure whether they purchased peaches supplied by Prima Wawona—or can’t recall when they bought their peaches—simply throw them away, just to be safe. If you know that you have some Wawona peaches in the house, these are the product codes the affected items were sold under:
- Wawona Peaches – 033383322001
- Wawona Organic Peaches – 849315000400
- Prima® Peaches – 766342325903
- Organic Marketside Peaches – 849315000400
- Kroger Peaches – 011110181749
- Wegmans Peaches – 077890490488
As Lifehacker’s Senior Health Editor Beth Skwarecki pointed out during the onion recall, Salmonella is killed through the cooking process. But since many peaches are eaten raw, this recall is definitely cause for concern. If you think you might have eaten these peaches, or any food potentially contaminated by Salmonella, here’s what you should know, courtesy of Skwarecki:
Salmonella sometimes takes a few days after ingestion to start making you feel sick; the CDC lists an incubation period of 6 to 72 hours. If you think you are sick, the CDC advises seeking healthcare and writing down everything you can remember eating before you got sick. You or your doctor should report your case to the local health department, and somebody will probably call you to ask about what you had been eating in the week before you got sick. Similar to contact tracing, this process helps to figure out how the outbreak is spreading, and your answers could help prevent other people from getting sick.
Sorry to ruin your socially distanced picnic.