Peach recall expanded due to possible salmonella contamination, 78 sickened

More grocery stores have joined Aldi in recalling the affected produce.
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Peaches sold at multiple supermarkets are being recalled due to a salmonella outbreak.Kristin Lee / Getty Images

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By Chrissy Callahan

If you recently bought peaches at your local supermarket, you might want to toss them out.

Grocery chains like Aldi are recalling assorted peaches from supplier Prima Wawona or Wawona Packing Company due to possible salmonella contamination, the Food and Drug Administration reported last week.

On Thursday, the CDC expanded the recall and noted more retailers have issued recalls, including Food Lion, Hannaford, Kroger (and its brands such as King Soopers and Ralphs), Russ Davis Wholesale, Target, Walmart and Wegmans.

In a voluntary recall notice, Aldi called the move "a precautionary measure" and said the company has removed all of the potentially contaminated peaches from several stores in 20 states, including Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Virginia and Maryland (see a full list here). The peaches were also sold through Aldi's partnership with grocery delivery service Instacart.

"ALDI takes the safety and integrity of the products it sells seriously. If customers have product affected by this voluntary recall, they should discard it immediately or return it to their local store for a full refund," the company said in a statement. "ALDI sincerely regrets any inconvenience and concern this voluntary recall may cause."

The affected peaches have been removed from Aldi stores.fda.gov

Wondering if your peaches are OK? The FDA shared photos of the affected peaches and posted a full list of the product's UPC codes here. Customers can also contact Wawona Packing Company LLC at 1-877-722-7554. Some peaches may have Price Look Up (PLU) number labels and the CDC identified affected peaches with PLUs of 4037, 4038, 4044, 4401, 94037, 94038, 94044 or 94401.

The CDC is asking consumers to check all peaches, including those freezers and refrigerators, and to ask retailers to potentially throw our peaches in stock. Any recalled peaches should not be eaten and the public health agency recommends shoppers throw them out or return the peaches to the place of purchase.

Aldi joins a host of other retailers who have had to recall products in recent weeks due to a string of salmonella outbreaks.

On Wednesday, HelloFresh recalled onions in its meal kits due to possible salmonella contamination. Previously, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported at least 869 cases of salmonella infection in 47 states linked to Thomson International onions. So far, no deaths have been reported but 116 people have been hospitalized as part of the outbreak.

Back in July, the CDC and other public health officials announced that they were investigating 15 salmonella outbreaks in 48 states and said the outbreaks were linked to contact with poultry in "backyard flocks."