October 25, 2016

FDA: Tests Indicated High Level of Salmonella in Cucumbers

Tests on cucumbers linked to the recently ended Salmonella outbreak indicated that they were contaminated with a high level of the pathogen which may have increased their ability to cross-contaminate other foods, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The outbreak sickened 907 people in 40 states from July 2015 to March 2016. In September, the outbreak was linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico and distributed in the U.S. by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce in California. After the link was established, a recall was issued and the FDA issued an import ban on cucumbers from the implicated farm. Because cucumbers have a short shelf life, those actions should have brought about an end to the outbreak. But it kept going. "The number of reported illnesses did … [Read more...]

What Stores Sold Recalled Cucumbers from Thomas Produce

Thomas Produce Company of Boca Raton, FL is recalled 174 bulk-packed containers of cucumbers that may be contaminated with Salmonella. But where were they sold? Recall information from the company does not specify which stores sold the recalled cucumbers, only that they were distributed in Florida and Georgia. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea that can be bloody, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. The recalled cucumbers were sold in 166 cardboard bushel boxes with one of the following lot numbers ink-jet printed on the side: 1554311JDNK, 1554311HDNK, and 15143115DNK. They were also distributed in bulk cardboard bins (4 ft x 4 ft) tagged with codes 15NKJD-1554311-D, 15NKHD-1554311-D, and 15NK5D-1514311-D. The recall notice was issued after a positive … [Read more...]

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