Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Bagged Peaches Sickens Dozens

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating bagged peaches as a likely source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 68 people across nine states, 14 of whom were hospitalized.

The peaches were packaged by Wawona Packing Company and sold in two-pound, clear plastic bags starting June 1. Aldi, the retailer where many of the people who were sickened reported buying the peaches, recalled all Wawona-brand bagged peaches on Wednesday.

Aldi told the Food and Drug Administration that Wawona was the sole supplier of the bagged peaches. The products were shipped to stores in 16 states, including Minnesota, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa and Kentucky. The F.D.A. is investigating to determine the source of contamination and how widely the peaches were distributed.

“The challenge with salmonella is salmonella can really enter or contaminate food almost anywhere in the whole chain,” said Martin Wiedmann, a professor of food safety at Cornell University. “It could start from a field or an orchard, where salmonella could be introduced. It could be in a facility where the product is packaged. It could be from a human who carries salmonella.”

Customers who have the peaches at home, even if they are frozen, should not