PEACHES BLAMED FOR SALMONELLA OUTBREAK IN 9 US STATES
A salmonella outbreak that's sickened 68 people in nine states may be linked to Wawona-brand bagged peaches sold at ALDI stores, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Wednesday, Medical News Today reported on Friday, August 21, 2020.
The peaches were in 2-pound, clear plastic bags at ALDI stores in a number of states from June 1 until now. ALDI recalled the peaches on Aug. 19.
Consumers, restaurants and retailers should not eat, sell or serve these peaches, the FDA said. Consumers who bought the peaches and still have them in their home should throw them away. That includes peaches that were frozen. It's also important to thoroughly clean and sanitize any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with the peaches, including cutting boards, slicers, countertops, refrigerators and storage bins.
Not all Salmonella bacteria are the same. In fact there are more than 2,500 types of Salmonella. Each type is identified and labeled as a different serotype. Some of these serotypes will only infect one particular animal, or only exist in one specific place. Of these, less than 100 are responsible for the majority of human infections. Salmonella kills 450 people each year in the US. Foodborne diseases as a whole infect 550 million people each year. According to the German government, Salmonella infections account for about 90 percent of foodborne infections in recent years. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 1.2 million illnesses occur due to non—typhoidal Salmonella per year in the US.