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Target and Aldi recalling peaches linked to salmonella outbreak that has sickened 68 people
Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY
USA TODAYAugust 20, 2020, 5:58 PM CDT

Onions aren’t the only produce being linked to salmonella infections.

The Food & Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating a “multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to bagged peaches,” according to a food safety alert.

As of Wednesday, 68 people from nine states have been infected with the strain of salmonella with illnesses starting between June 29 and Aug. 3. No deaths have been reported.

“Many ill people report purchasing bagged peaches sold at certain ALDI stores in several states,” the CDC said in its safety alert. “This investigation is ongoing to identify other retailers that might have sold contaminated peaches.”

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The discount grocer is voluntarily recalling assorted peaches in 20 states from its supplier Wawona Packing Company as a “precautionary measure” due to possible salmonella contamination, according to a news release.

Target also has announced a “fresh peach recall” on its website that links to a Minnesota state health department news release.

”Following guidance from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Department of Health, we’ve removed Wawona Packing Company peaches from all of our stores, which includes peaches sold individually, by the pound and in two-pound bags,” the retailer said in a statement sent to USA TODAY.

Aldi is recalling Wawona Packing Company peaches from stores.

Of the reported cases, Minnesota has the most with 23 and Michigan had 17 cases. Iowa and New York each had eight cases, New Jersey has four cases, Virginia and Wisconsin each had three cases. Maryland and Pennsylvania had one case listed in Wednesday’s CDC alert.

Salmonella illness symptoms
According to the CDC, most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps six hours to six days after being exposed to the bacteria. The illness usually lasts four to seven 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, the CDC says.

Aldi peach recall
Aldi has removed the peaches from select stores in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

The items were also available for purchase through Aldi’s partnership with Instacart.

The Aldi items included in the recall are:

Two-pound bags of Wawona Peaches, UPC 033383322001

Two-pound bags of organic peaches, UPC 849315000400

Loose bulk peaches

“If customers have product affected by this voluntary recall, they should discard it immediately or return it to their local store for a full refund,” the release said.

Aldi is referring customers with questions about the recall to call Wawona Packing Company at 1-877-722-7554.

Target peach recall
According to Target, the following products are affected with several date codes included:

Peaches sold per pound: Target item number 267-03-4038 and UPC 492670340386

Peach sold “by the each”: Target item number 266-03-0010 and UPC 204038000005

Two-pound bags of peaches: Target item number 266-03-0002 and UPC 033383322056

Two-pound bag organic peaches: Target item number 267-50-4044 and UPC 849315000400

White peach sold per pound: Target item number 267-03-4405 and UPC 492670344056.

Target says consumers who recently purchased peaches at a Target store should “dispose of them immediately” and call Target Guest Relations at 1-800-440-0680 for a full refund, which will be given as a Target gift card.

“No receipt or proof of purchase is necessary,” Target said in its statement. “We’re working to resupply our stores with peaches that are not subject to this recall as soon as possible for our guests.”

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Target, Aldi recall bagged, loose peaches for salmonella risk