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Summer outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis ends with peach recall, but remains unsolved

 A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to peaches packed or supplied by Prima Wawona or Wawona Packing Company is still being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, Canadian, and local health authorities.  

The multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections was linked to peaches from Prima Wawona that were sold in several regions of the United States and Canada reportedly has ended.

As of October 15, 2020, CDC reported a total of 101 cases across 17 states. This outbreak resulted in recalls of bagged and bulk, or loose, peaches packed or distributed by Prima Wawona. 

FDA also worked to publicly disclose the international distribution of recalled products from Prima Wawona in an effort to facilitate the swift removal of all potentially affected products from the international market.

 More information about the international distribution of the recalled product can be found in the previously published table. FDA’s traceback investigation, which included 18 cases across eight states, identified multiple distributors, packing facilities, and orchards that supplied peaches during the time period of interest.

Investigators from the FDA, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) visited Wawona packing facilities and/or orchards that likely supplied peaches to Prima Wawona during the timeframe of interest. FDA’s traceback investigation is ongoing.

The cause and source of the outbreak have not yet been determined.

Thus far, in an effort to investigate several possible pathways of contamination, FDA has completed over 570 product and environmental sample analyses from multiple facility locations and/or peach orchards, including environmental swabs, peaches, and peachtree leaf samples. 

At this time, sample collection and analysis are underway related to additional peach orchards. A genetic match to the outbreak strain has yet to be identified in any of the samples collected, although a different serotype of Salmonella was detected in one sample collected and analyzed during the investigation. No peaches linked to the positive sample ever reached the marketplace. Although the outbreak is being declared over, the FDA will continue its investigation and will communicate any findings that could assist in future prevention efforts.

On August 22, 2020, Prima Wawona recalled bagged and bulk, or loose, peaches that they supplied to retailers nationwide.

The recalled products are now well beyond expiration and likely no longer on the market or in consumers’ homes. However, consumers who may have frozen the recalled bagged peaches packed or supplied by 

Any remaining loose or bulk peaches from the August recalls should be thrown away.

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