Prima Wawona has expanded its recall for bagged peaches to include bulk fruit because of a potential salmonella risk. According to reports, in addition to Aldi and Target, retailers who received the recalled peaches include Kroger, Ralphs, Wal-Mart and Wegmans. So far, the salmonella outbreak has sickened 68 people across nine states. The loose peaches may have the following PLU numbers on them: 4037, 4038, 4044, 4401, 94037, 94038, 94044, or 94401. Target’s recall includes both bagged and loose peaches.
Illnesses and Hospitalizations
Of the 68 salmonella cases linked to the peaches, there have been 14 hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported. If you have any of these peaches at home, it would be in your best interest to discard them and disinfect any surfaces they may have come into contact with.
If you have any questions as to where your peaches came from or who supplied them, officials recommend that you return them to their place of purchase or discard them. This peach recall comes on the heels of several other salmonella outbreaks and incidents in recent weeks including a massive onion recall and a shrimp recall also issued earlier this month.
What is Food Poisoning?
Food poisoning is a common term used to describe an illness resulting from contaminated, expired or mishandled food or beverages. A wide array of contaminants have the potential to taint food such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins, mold and debris such as wood, rubber, metal, glass or plastic that can find their way into food products during processing or packaging.
While many people might think they simply had bad luck if they got food poisoning, this is often not true. A number of food poisoning cases occur because food was poorly handled, stored improperly or because it was contaminated by pathogens. Therefore, if you suffered food poisoning, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against a food manufacturer, processor, grocery store, wholesale supplier, restaurant or another party that may be responsible for the contamination that caused your food poisoning.
Victims of food poisoning may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, diagnostic costs, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. If you or a loved one has been affected, contact an experienced food poisoning lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.