September 9, 2015: Salmonella Cucumber Outbreak Update. Case Count Climbs To 341 Confirmed Illnesses

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Attorneys at the Law Firm of Eric Weinberg are currently assisting victims of the Salmonella food poisoning outbreak linked to recalled cucumbers.  Please contact our law firm 24/7, toll free at 1-877-934-6274, if you have a question regarding a food poisoning lawsuit. You can also contact our lawyers online by using the “Free Legal Case Evaluation Form” found on this page.

341 Confirmed Salmonella Cases Are Linked To Recalled Cucumbers

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported on September 9, 2015, that 341 confirmed cases of Salmonella Poona food poisoning linked to fresh cucumbers have been reported across 30 states.  Cucumber producer Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce issued a recall for its cucumbers on September 4, 2015, after learning from public health officials that their product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The number of confirmed cases reported from each state is as follows: Alaska (9), Arizona (66), Arkansas (6), California (72), Colorado (14), Hawaii (1) Idaho (8), Illinois (6), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (4), Minnesota (12), Missouri (8), Montana (10), Nebraska (2), Nevada (7), New Mexico (18), New York (4), North Dakota (1), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (8), Oregon (8), Pennsylvania (2) South Carolina (7), Texas (18), Utah (30), Virginia (1), Washington (10), Wisconsin (2), and Wyoming (3).

Seventy of the confirmed illnesses required hospitalization. Two deaths have been reported, 1 from California and 1 from Texas.  The CDC also reported that 53% of those sickened are children younger than 18 years old.  Available illness onset dates range from July 3, 2015 to August 30, 2015.

Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce Cucumbers Are Linked To The Outbreak

Public health investigators have identified imported cucumbers from Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce as a likely source of the Salmonella outbreak. During the ongoing investigation the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency isolated Salmonella from cucumbers collected during a visit to the Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce facility. Arizona, California, Montana, and Nevada public health officials isolated Salmonella from samples of cucumbers collected from various locations that were distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce.

Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce Recalls Cucumbers

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported the following recall information:

On September 4, 2015, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce recalled all of its cucumbers sold under the “Limited Edition” brand label because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.  The cucumbers were shipped in black, green, yellow, and craft colored cartons which read “Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers.” This variety is often referred to as a “Slicer” or “American” cucumber. It has a dark green color, and typically has a length of 7 to 10 inches and a diameter of 1.75 to 2.5 inches. In retail stores it may be sold in bulk display without any individual packaging or plastic wrapping. The cucumbers were distributed between August 1, 2015 and September 3, 2015.

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. Further distribution to other states may have occurred.

Public health officials caution that consumers should not eat, restaurants should not serve, and retailers should not sell the recalled cucumbers.  If you are not sure if cucumbers in your possession were recalled, ask the place of purchase or your supplier.  When in doubt, do not eat, sell, or serve the cucumbers in question!

Contact Attorney Eric Weinberg for a Free Cucumber Lawsuit Evaluation

If you or a loved one are diagnosed with a Salmonella food poisoning, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free cucumber lawsuit case evaluation by calling our lawyers toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.  You may also contact a lawyer at the Weinberg Law Firm online, by submitting the food poisoning lawsuit case evaluation form found on this page.