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Source: Ministry for Primary Industries


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A consumer recall of imported yellow flesh peaches from the USA has been initiated due to the possible presence of Salmonella enteritidis.

The recall affects unbagged yellow flesh Prima and Sweet Value brand peaches imported from California and supplied by Prima Wawona. They are sold at supermarkets, fresh fruit and vegetable retailers, and selected grocery stores in the North Island.

The recalled peaches were sold from 10 July to 25 August 2020 and have green fruit stickers attached with PLU numbers of 4044 and 4038.  There are no reported cases of Salmonella enteritidis infection in New Zealand connected to this product.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) food compliance manager Melinda Sando says people with these imported peaches at home should throw them out or return them to the retailer.

“If you bought fresh yellow flesh imported peaches between 10 July and 25 August 2020 that have green fruit stickers attached with PLU numbers of 4044 and 4038, from the retailers listed on our website, our advice is not to eat them.”

Details on the recall, including the specific retailers of the product

“If you have health concerns after eating the product, seek medical advice.

“This New Zealand recall follows recalls in the United States linked to Prima and Wawona brand peaches.

“Most people infected with Salmonella enteritidis develop diarrhoea, fever, and stomach cramps 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria.

“The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment, but its effects can be serious, particularly in children younger than 5 years, adults 65 and over, and people with weakened immune systems.”