Following an onion recall due to possible salmonella contamination, two more recalls have occurred in the past two days – one for shrimp and one for peaches.
On August 19, ALDI stores stopped selling and voluntarily recalled Wawona-branded peaches that were sold in 2-pound clear plastic bags. According to the Food and Drug Administration, 68 cases of salmonella poisoning in 9 states were likely caused by contaminated peaches from this source.
The FDA recommends discarding peaches purchased June 1, 2020 through today and thoroughly cleaning any surfaces the peaches may have touched to avoid possible cross-contamination. This includes knives, cutting boards, refrigerator shelves, fruit bowls, and any other surface the peaches may have touched.
Frozen shrimp that were distributed from late February to mid-May have also been recalled. Distributor Kader Exports recalled 1-pound, 1.5-pound and 2-pound bags of frozen cooked, peeled and deveined shrimp that were sold under various brand names, including:
- Aqua Star Reserve
- Health food store
- Wellsley Farms
More information, including barcodes, can be found on the FDA website. According to the FDA, no illnesses associated with the product have been reported.
Salmonella is a common bacteria that spreads easily through contaminated food or water. Most healthy people show no symptoms of infection. Symptoms usually appear 6 hours to 6 days after eating contaminated food. Those who develop diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and / or abdominal cramps usually recover without medical intervention. However, salmonella infection can also be life threatening. The diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration that requires medical attention. The infection can spread to other parts of the body and cause meningitis, endocarditis, or osteomyelitis. It can also affect the lining of the blood vessels.
People at highest risk for complications from Salmonella are people with compromised immune systems, the very young and the very old.
If you think you may have salmonella poisoning, try to drink as much water as possible over ice to avoid dehydration. See your doctor or go to an emergency clinic if you:
- Stop urinating or urinate very little
- Have other signs of dehydration, such as dizziness, dry mouth, no tears
- Feel like you are getting worse instead of better
- Having diarrhea after a week
- Your fever does not go away or does not rise