Peach recall expanded: Prima Wawona recalls peaches potentially linked to salmonella outbreak

FRESNO, Calif. — A voluntary recall issued Saturday by Prima Wawona has expanded the scope of investigations into a multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to peaches that have already sickened at least 68 people.

The Fresno, California-based fruit distributor issued the recall for all of its bulk and loose peaches distributed and sold from June 1 through Aug. 3. It also recalled its bagged Wawona and Wawona Organic brand peaches distributed and sold from June 1 through Aug. 19.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had identified 68 cases in nine states as of Wednesday in an investigation that is continuing.

According to the CDC, salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and, in extreme cases, death. Symptoms typically develop between six hours and six days after being exposed to the bacteria, and the illness typically lasts between four and seven days with most people recovering without treatment.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised anyone who had the peaches to use “extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with the produce to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. This includes cutting boards, slicers, countertops, refrigerators, and storage bins.”

According to a news release, retailers that sold the peaches include Walmart, Target, Aldi, Wegmans, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Smiths, Ralphs, Fry’s, City Market, King Soopers and Jay-C.

They were sold under the following brand names and product codes:

• Wawona Peaches (033383322001)

• Wawona Organic Peaches (849315000400)

• Prima Peaches (766342325903)

• Organic Marketside Peaches (849315000400)

• Kroger Peaches (011110181749)

• Wegmans Peaches (077890490488)

“We’re conducting this voluntary recall in cooperation with the FDA out of consideration for the wellbeing and safety of our customers and consumers,” George Nikolich, vice president of technical operations for Prima Wawona, stated in the news release.