Peaches Purchased From Target and ALDI Are Being Recalled For Possible Salmonella Contamination

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As of this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that 68 people across nine states—including Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin—have fallen ill with Salmonella poisoning. The likely culprit is peaches.

CNN reports that the outbreak has been linked to peaches from Wawona Packing Company sold in 2-pound clear plastic bags. Since a number of patients bought them from ALDI, the grocery store has issued a recall of organic and regular Wawona-brand peaches from stores in about 20 states, including New York, Florida, Michigan, Virginia, and South Dakota. You can see if your state is on the list here.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, some sick Minnesotans had bought their peaches from Target or other stores, and Target is also supposedly working on removing Wawona peaches from its shelves.

In other words: We don’t yet know the extent of the outbreak, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) investigation is ongoing. Because it’s still unclear where the contaminated peaches have been sold, you should avoid buying any Wawona-brand peaches right now. If you have any at home, throw them away—and if you’ve frozen any fresh peaches since June 1 and can’t remember what brand they are, it’s probably best to toss those, too.

You can find out more about the FDA investigation and check for future updates here.

[h/t CNN]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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People Are Receiving Unsolicited Face Masks in the Mail From China

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Bewildered residents in several states, including Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, and Florida, have received unsolicited packages from China that contain face masks. While the packages haven’t caused any harm, cover labels that list recipients’ names, addresses, and even phone numbers have left people a little ill at ease.

“All of this information, including my cell phone number, [was] on there,” Shan Sharp of Clearwater, Florida, told WFLA. “I was afraid to even open it after I saw it.”

Sharp opted for the better safe than sorry route and threw her package right in the garbage, but others are holding out for an explanation before they take action.

“I just keep them tied up and sealed,” Michelle Barron of Hickory, Pennsylvania, told KDKA after a police officer advised her to dispose of the masks.

It’s not the first time in recent weeks that reports of unsolicited mail from China have circulated in the news—some people have also gotten packages of seeds. If you’re one of them, definitely don’t plant the seeds, since they could be damaging to the plants and wildlife in your area.

Though the mystery might never be fully solved, the Federal Trade Commission suspects that it could be a “brushing” scam, where retailers mail products to random consumers and then submit positive reviews online in their names. They might create new accounts using your information, or they might hijack your existing accounts. If you’ve received an unordered package, you should closely monitor your shopping accounts and contact customer service if you see a review (or any other activity) that isn’t yours. Changing your passwords is a good idea, too.

As for the products themselves: You have no obligation to try to ship them back or pay for them—but you might want to take the advice of Virginia’s Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department and simply toss them in the trash, even if they seem safe to use.

[h/t WFLA]