While numerous onions imported from the U.S. and related food products were recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination over the past few weeks, a recall has now been launched for peaches also from the U.S. for the same reason.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced on August 22 that Prima Wawona, located in Fresno, California, is recalling fresh peaches due to possible contamination with Salmonella.
These peaches were distributed possibly across Canada to retail outlets and restaurants, hotels, and institutions.
Peaches that have the same PLU numbers but are from Canada aren’t a part of this recall.
The recalled products include the following items, which were all sold from June 1 to and August 22:
- Harvest Sweet Sweet 2 Eat Prima Sweet Value Wawona’s Yellow Peaches with PLU 4037, PLU 4038, and PLU 4044;
- Harvest Sweet Sweet 2 Eat Prima Sweet Value Wawona’s White Peaches with PLU 4401;
- Sweet 2 Eat Sweet O’s Organic Yellow Peaches with PLU 94037, PLU 94038, and PLU 94044;
- Sweet 2 Eat’s Organic White Peaches with PLU 94401;
- Wawona Peaches, sold in 907 grams/2 pound packages, with UPC 0 33383 32200 1;
- Wegmans Peaches, sold in 907 grams/2 pound packages, with UPC 0 77890 49048 8;
- Extrafresh Peaches, sold in 907 grams/2 pound packages, with UPC 0 33383 02071 6, with date codes CPO3148, CPO3164, CPO3163, CPO3186, CPO3207, CPO3213, CPO3228, CPO3265, CPO3281, CPO3302, CPO3328, CPO3354, MPO0500, MPO0503, MPO0524, MPO0671, MPO0678, MPO0689, MPO0693, MPO0703, MPO0716, MPO0725, MPO0730, MPO0767, MPO0795.
These peaches may have also been sold loose or in bulk, with or without a brand name, or may have been repackaged into a variety of formats.
If you have any of these recalled peaches—or any food products made with these peaches—should throw them out or returned them to wherever they were purchased. Anyone who is unsure about the source of the peaches should check with the place of purchase.
Any surfaces that came into contact with these peaches should be sanitized, including countertops, fridge drawers, pantry shelves, knives, cutting boards, slicers, utensils, and containers.
Although food contaminated with Salmonella may not appear or smell spoiled, it can still make you sick.
Anyone who becomes sick from consuming a recalled product should contact a doctor.
Healthy people may experience symptoms, which last about four to seven days, such as fever, chills, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Young children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with compromised immune systems could contract serious or deadly infections.
Anyone diagnosed with a Salmonella infection or any other gastrointestinal illness should not cook food for other people.
As of August 23, there have been 33 confirmed cases of Salmonella linked to this outbreak: 22 cases in Ontario and 11 in Quebec, from June to August.
The U.S. Centre for Disease Control is also conducting an investigation into a Salmonella outbreak in the USA with a similar genetic footprint.
More information about Salmonellosis (Salmonella) can be found at the Health Canada website.