On the heels of an onion recall due to possible salmonella contamination, two more recalls occurred over the past two days – one for shrimp and another for peaches.
On August 19, ALDI stores stopped selling and voluntarily recalled Wawona-brand bagged peaches sold in 2-pound clear plastic bags. According to the Food and Drug Administration, 68 cases of salmonella poisoning, across 9 states, were likely caused by contaminated peaches from this source.
The FDA recommends that peaches bought from June 1, 2020, to the present should be thrown away and that all surfaces that may have been touched by the peaches should be thoroughly cleaned to remove any possibility of cross contamination. This includes knives, cutting boards, fridge shelves, fruit bowls, and any other surface the peaches may have touched.
Frozen shrimp, distributed from late February to mid-May were also recalled. The distributor, Kader Exports, recalled 1 pound, 1.5 pound, and 2 pound bags of frozen cooked, peeled and deveined shrimp sold under various brand names, including:
- Aqua Star Reserve
- Fresh Market
- Wellsley Farms
For more detailed information, including bar codes, visit the FDA site. According to the FDA, there haven’t been any reported illnesses related to the product.
Salmonella is a common bacteria, easily spread through contaminated food or water. Most healthy people will not show any symptoms of infection. Symptoms most often appear 6 hours to 6 days after consuming contaminated food. Those who do develop diarrhea, fever, vomiting and/or abdominal cramps usually do recover without medical intervention. However, salmonella infection can also be life threatening. The diarrhea can cause severe dehydration that requires medical care. The infection can also spread to other parts of the body and cause meningitis, endocarditis, or osteomyelitis. It can also affect the linings of the blood vessels.
People at highest risk of complications from salmonella are those with weakened immune systems, the very young, and the very old.
If you believe you have salmonella poisoning, try to drink as much water as possible or such on ice chips to prevent dehydration. See your doctor or go to an urgent care clinic if you:
- Stop urinating or are urinating very little
- Have other signs of dehydration, such as dizziness, dry mouth, no tears
- Feel like you are getting worse instead of better
- Have diarrhea after a week
- Your fever doesn’t go away or gets higher