Public health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to peaches that has sickened 68 people in nine states, 14 of whom have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of Wednesday, New Jersey reported four cases of the strain of Salmonella.
“Do not eat, serve, or sell recalled peaches packed or supplied by Wawona Packing Company LLC,” said the CDC in a food safety alert.
People infected with salmonella typically develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12-72 hours after eating contaminated food.
Recalled peaches were sold at ALDI and other stores. The peaches were sold both in bags and loose under Wawona, Prima, Kroger, Organic Marketside, and Wegmans brand names.
Target recalled multiple varieties of fresh peaches and removed them from its U.S. stores.
“Throw the peaches away, even if some of them were eaten and no one has gotten sick. Do not eat food made with these peaches,” stated the CDC.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies are part of the ongoing investigation. Officials are looking to determine if other retailers have also sold contaminated peaches.
No deaths have been reported by the CDC.
Gene Myers is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.