(UPDATED) Prima Wawona recalls bagged, bulk peaches

(UPDATED) Prima Wawona recalls bagged, bulk peaches

(UPDATED) Prima Wawona, Fresno, Calif., is recalling bagged and bulk Wawona brand peaches as the Food and Drug Administration investigates a salmonella outbreak.

Canadian officials also recalled the peaches, and are investigating an outbreak with 33 cases in Ontario and Quebec.

Prima Wawona issued a recall for bagged peaches on Aug. 21, two days after Aldi and Target recalled Wawona brand peaches when the Minnesota Department of Health reported that many of the people who were sick reported buying peaches from the retailer.

On Aug. 22, Wawona expanded the recall to include bulk peaches. The recall covers all of the company's peaches shipped to retailers nationwide that were sold June 1 to Aug. 3 that were sold through Aug. 19. The recall includes organic peaches.

Also on Aug. 22, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a warning to consumers, foodservice operators and retailers not to eat, serve or sell conventional and organic peaches, including white peaches, from the company, including loose/bulk peaches. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported peaches were "possibly" shipped nationally, to retail and hotels, restaurants and institutional foodservice operators.

The Canadian agency reported "various importers in Canada are conducting" recalls.

The retailers involved in the U.S. recall are:

  • Aldi
  • Target
  • Kroger (Jay-C, King Soopers, City Market, Fry's, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Smiths)
  • Walmart
  • Wegmans

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 68 people in nine states have salmonella, most likely from the peaches, as of Aug. 19.

Recalled peaches, according to the company’s notice on the FDA site, included two-pound pouch bags with a variety of labels. They were shipped from June 1 to Aug. 19 to retailers with these Universal Product Codes:

  • Wawona peaches, 033383322001;
  • Wawona organic peaches, 849315000400;
  • Prima Peaches, 766342325903;
  • Organic Marketside (Walmart private label) peaches, 849315000400;
  • Kroger peaches – 011110181749; and
  • Wegmans Peaches – 077890490488.

The bulk/loose peaches were typically displayed in bins and include the following Price Look-Up numbers: 4037, 4038, 4044, 4401, 94037, 94038, 94044, 94401. Those numbers, however, are not specific to the Wawona brand but type of peaches, meaning that peaches with those PLUs are not necessarily included in the recall. According to the company's recall notice, if buyers are unsure of the brand of peaches, contact the supplier or retailer or throw them out.

In Canada, brands in the recall are:

ExtraFresh, Harvest Sweet, Prima, Sweet 2 Eat, Sweet O, Sweet Value, Wawona and Wegmans.

“We’re conducting this voluntary recall in cooperation with the FDA out of consideration for the well-being and safety of our customers and consumers,” George Nikolich, vice president of technical operations for Wawona. “We continue to be committed to serving consumers with high-quality fruit.”

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