The FDA Warns You Not to Eat These Foods Sold at Walmart and Target
First it was onions, then frozen shrimp, and then even some popular prepared meals that you can easily grab on-the-go at some of your favorite grocery stores. Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sounded the alarm that yet another common food is linked to a multi-state outbreak of salmonella: peaches.
According to the FDA, you should not eat or serve any "loose or bagged peaches" that were "packed or supplied by Prima Wawona or Wawona Packing Company" from June 1 through August 3. The same goes for "its bagged Wawona and Wawona Organic peaches distributed and sold from June 1 through August 19th." A recent CDC Food Safety alert noted that these tainted peaches have led to 68 known cases of salmonella and 14 hospitalizations across nine states as of August 21.
Last week, the grocery chain Aldi announced that it had removed peaches in locations across 20 states. But, as USA Today reports, the list of retailers that sold the Wawona peaches extends to other national chains—including Walmart and Target—as well as regional chains such as Wegmans, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Smiths, Ralphs, Fry's, City Market, King Soopers, and Jay-C. For its part, Walmart released a list of the more than 3,300 locations that sold Wawona peaches.
"We're conducting this voluntary recall in cooperation with the FDA out of consideration for the wellbeing and safety of our customers and consumers," said George Nikolich, Vice President Technical Operations of Wawona, in a statement. "We continue to be committed to serving consumers with high quality fruit."
According to the CDC, the brand names and product codes for the problematic peaches include these:
- Wawona Peaches – 033383322001
- Wawona Organic Peaches – 849315000400
- Prima® Peaches – 766342325903
- Organic Marketside Peaches – 849315000400
- Kroger Peaches – 011110181749
- Wegmans Peaches – 077890490488
If you have any of the symptoms of salmonella—including fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain—be sure to contact a medical professional as soon as possible. And for a map of the states that have reported cases of salmonella linked to peaches, see this handy interactive guide, courtesy of the CDC. (Related: Trader Joe's Recalls This Produce Staple Amid Salmonella Outbreak.)