Peaches may be linked to salmonella outbreak in 9 states - FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration while investigating a salmonella outbreak in nine states have linked it to peaches tainted with the salmonella bacteria
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Emeh Joy

The US Food and Drug Administration investigating a salmonella outbreak which has affected 68 people in nine states have linked it to tainted peaches.

The bagged peaches were reportedly sold under the brand name, Wawona in 2-pound clear, plastic bags at ALDI stores across 16 states starting on June 1.

ALDI recalled that the peaches were shipped to the following states: Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified that the peaches are the likely source of the salmonella infections, according to a news release from the FDA.

"FDA's traceback investigation is ongoing to determine the full scope of production distribution and source of contamination", the agency said.

Learn more about salmonella infection; definition, causes, symptoms and safety measures

Infections were reported in nine states- Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The FDA has urged that anyone in the country who bought the peaches including retailers and restaurants, should throw them out.

It also said people should clean and sanitise surfaces the peaches may have come in contact with to prevent cross-contamination. This includes slicers, cutting boards, countertops, refrigerators and storage bins.

What is salmonella infection?

Salmonella infection is a common bacterial infection that typically affects the intestinal tract. It is usually contracted as a result of eating food tainted with bacteria or eating raw, undercooked eggs, meat, poultry etc.

Salmonella poisoning can cause fever, diarrhoea and stomach cramps between six hours and six days after exposure to the bacteria and lasts between four and seven days according to the CDC.

Children under the age of 5, adults over 65 years as well as people with a weak immune system are at a higher risk of experiencing severe illness.

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