Cucumber Recall Alert
Heads Up For Tainted Cukes!
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, numerous state agencies, and the Federal Food & Drug Administration are investigating a Salmonella Poona outbreak tied to cucumbers distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce.
The alert and recall involves cucumbers purchased from August 1, 2015 through September 3, 2015. The vegetables were marketed under the “LIMITED EDITION” brand label. This type of cucumber is known as a “slicer” or “American” cucumber. It is dark green, typically 7 to 10 inches in length, and sold retail without individual packaging or plastic wrapping. Consumers should not eat, restaurants should not serve, and retailers should not sell recalled cucumbers. If you aren’t sure if your cucumbers were recalled, ask the place of purchase or your supplier. When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve them and throw them out.
On September 4, 2015, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, a San Diego, California based company, voluntarily recalled all of the infected produce believed to have been sold across 30 states. To date two deaths have been tied to the tainted cumcumbers, and 70 people have been admitted to hospitals for treatment. ‘Limited Edition’ cucumbers were distributed in the states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. Eleven illness clusters have been identified in seven states, and various cases have occurred in 27 states.
The produce was sold to consumers through retail stores, food service companies, and wholesalers; further distribution to unlisted states could have taken place. The cucumbers are shipped in a black, green, and yellow colored box-carton which reads “Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers.” Labeling on the cases of recalled cucumbers indicates the product was grown and packed by Rancho Don Juanito in Mexico. Domestically produced cucumbers are not believed to be involved in this outbreak.
The CDC’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) lab is testing for antibiotic resistance using samples collected from sicken people. While state health and agriculture departments are collecting and testing unsold cucumbers from food stores, DNA fingerprinting is being used to identify and trace the course of infected cukes though our food supply.
Symptoms of Salmonella bacteria infection usually appear 12 to 72 hours after exposure and include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Young children, elderly folks, and people with compromised immune systems are at the greatest risk for developing complications. People who believe they have eaten the cucumbers or are possibly showing symptoms of infection are encouraged to contact their health provider.
The investigation is ongoing, and results of additional product testing will be reported by the CDC when they become available.
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