December 10, 2016

Salmonella Cucumber Outbreak Spreads to 31 States, 418 Sick

The cucumber Salmonella outbreak has grown to include 418 illnesses in 31 states.  At least 91 people have been hospitalized and two have died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The contaminated cucumbers have been recalled from retail locations. But before  September 3, these dark green cucumbers, called “slicer” or “American” cucumbers, which are  about 7 to 10 inches long, and about 1.75 to 2.5 inches in diameter, were sold in grocery stores in bulk bins with no individual packaging, labeling, or wrapping. Restaurants also served them. Health officials used epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations to identify cucumbers from Baja Mexico, distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego as the likely source of this … [Read more...]

Canadians Given More Cucumber Recall Info Than Americans

Same company. Same product. But in Canada, where Andrew & Williamson cucumbers are also being recalled, consumers got information they haven't in the U.S. - a complete list of stores where the recalled cucumbers were sold and a PLU number identifying the cucumbers. The cucumbers are being recalled in conjunction with an outbreak of Salmonella Poona that has killed two people, sickened 341 and hospitalized 70 in the U.S. Investigators used epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations to identify cucumbers from Mexico distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego as the  likely source of the outbreak. Four state health departments -Arizona, California, Montana, and Nevada, isolated Salmonella from the company’s cucumbers collected from various … [Read more...]

Two Dead in Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

Two women have died in the multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Poona linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico. One was from Texas, the other from California. They were among the 341 people in 30 states who have been sickened by contaminated cucumbers. Both women were in high-risk categories for Salmonella infection which includes children, seniors, those with compromised immune systems and those with serious underlying health conditions. One of the women was 99 years old, the other had underlying health conditions, according to health officials. The cucumbers in question are called “slicer” or “American” cucumbers.  They are dark green, about 7 to 10 inches long, and about 1.75 to 2.5 inches in diameter. In grocery stores they are usually  sold in bulk bins with no individual … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Triggers Custom Produce Cucumber Recall

The deadly cucumber Salmonella outbreak has triggered another cucumber recall. This one by Custom Produce Sales of  Parlier, California. The recalled cucumbers were sold under the Fat Boy® label starting August 1, 2015.  Unlabeled cucumbers packed into a black reusable plastic container were sold in Nevada, as of August 1, 2015 are also covered by this recall. No other Fat Boy® products are covered by this recall. Custom Produce is working with health authorities on this recall and  has contacted all customers who may have received this product. Salmonella causes serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, seniors and others with weakened immune systems.  Symptoms include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Fat Boy® … [Read more...]

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