The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a food recall warning for peaches due to an outbreak of salmonella infections occurring in two provinces.
On Aug. 23, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) reported that 33 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis illness are linked to an outbreak in two provinces: Ontario (22) and Quebec (11).
PHAC is collaborating with federal and provincial public health partners, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate the outbreak.The outbreak appears to be ongoing, as recent illnesses continue to be reported.
Based on the investigation findings to date, the outbreak has been linked to peaches from Prima Wawona from the United States.
CFIA has issued a consumer advisory for peaches recalled by Prima Wawona, sold from June 1 to Aug. 22 in Canada. These peaches include yellow, white and organic peaches and were sold under various brand names:
- Harvest Sweet
- Sweet 2 Eat
- Sweet O
- Sweet Value
Peaches with the same PLU numbers and that are Product of Canada are not affected.
For a full list of recalled products, visit HERE.
You should not not eat, use, sell or serve any recalled peaches from Prima Wawona from the United States, or any products made with these peaches. PHAC notes that this, "advice applies to all individuals across Canada, as well as retailers, distributors, manufacturers and food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals and nursing homes."
If you are not sure if the peaches in your home are the recalled peaches from Prima Wawona from the United States, do not eat them. If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.
Check to see if you have the recalled products in your home or establishment. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased. If you are unsure of the source of the peaches, check with your place of purchase.
Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.