Garden-fresh peach, doubtfully the reason of Salmonella Enteridis outbreak in the US and Canada, were also exported to New Zealand and Singapore.
78 patients were confirmed by The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention across the 12 states in the outbreak of Salmonella infections. 33 illnesses linked to the outbreak in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec has been announced by The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
However, New Zealand or Singapore connected to the recalled peaches, have not reported any cases of Salmonella Enteridis infection yet.
A consumer recall of yellow flesh peaches imported from the U.S. has been started in New Zealand by Primor Produce Ltd., and Turners and Growers Fresh Ltd. to check if the Salmonella strains are present.
This is influencing unbagged fleshy and yellow Prima and Sweet Value brand peaches bought in from California and supplied by Prima Wawona. They are sold by, fresh fruit and vegetable retailers, supermarkets and selected grocery stores in the North Island.
The infected peaches, having green fruit stickers adhered with Price Look Up (PLU) numbers of 4038 and 4044, were sold between 10th July to 25th August.
The recollection has no effect on any other yellow flesh peaches having different color fruit sticker, or varied PLU number. Brand name may not have been printed on PLU stickers. White flesh peaches are also excluded from this recall.
“People having these imported peaches at home should either return them to the retailers or throw them out,” advised Melinda Sando, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) food compliance manager.
As per the announcements, “If you feel any health problem post eating the product, look for a medical advice.” After this New Zealand recall, the United States also ordered recollection linked to Prima and Wawona brand peaches.
Products packed or supplied by Prima Wawona or Wawona Packing Company were also distributed to Singapore.
The importer, Satoyu Trading Pte Ltd, has been asked by The Singapore Food Agency to recall the peaches probably having the following PLU numbers stickers affixed on them: 4037, 4038, 4044, 4401, 94037, 94038, 94044 and 94401. Not all of these PLU coded peaches, however, are supplied by Prima Wawona. Buyers who are not sure about the brand or variety of their loose peaches should take help from their respective retailers. These actions are in progress at present.
As per the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Salmonella infected usually don’t look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can Salmonella infection and become ill. Infants, children, elderly, and people with not so robust immune systems are more vulnerable to get severe illness because of their fragile immune systems.
Anyone who has consumed fresh peaches and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should get medical assistance. Suffered individuals should inform their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because salmonellosis requires special diagnostic tests to be done. Salmonella infection can frequently lead to misdiagnosis since its symptoms can imitate other diseases.
Diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever are some possible symptoms of Salmonella infection appearing within 12 to 72 hours of consuming contaminated food. Usually sickness lasts for four to seven days. However, in some cases diarrhea may be so severe that patients need to get hospitalized.
Older adults, children, expecting woman, and individuals with weak immune systems, such as cancer patients, have more chances to develop a serious illness and fatal conditions.

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