According to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contaminated cucumbers, imported and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, are the likely source of an ongoing Salmonella Poona food poisoning outbreak that has sickened 558 persons, resulting in 3 deaths. Many of the outbreak victims required hospitalization as a result of their illness.
The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported the following cucumber recall information related to the outbreak:
Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce Cucumber Recall – 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.
Nine Alaska Safeway and Carrs Recall Deli Sandiches Containing Cucumbers – On September 8, 2015, Safeway announced a recall for its made-to-order deli sandwiches made with cucumbers produced by Andrew & Williamson and sold in nine Safeway and Carrs stores in Alaska, because the cucumbers may be contaminated with the bacterial pathogen, Salmonella. The recall was issued after public health officials determined that Andrew & Williamson fresh cucumbers are linked to a multistate Salmonella Poona outbreak.
Custom Produce Sales Recalls FAT BOY® Brand and Unlabeled Cucumbers – On September 11, 2015 Custom Produce Sales of Parlier, California recalled all of its cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy® label because the product may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen, Salmonella. The recall covers Fat Boy® cucumbers marketed since August 1, 2015. Unlabeled cucumbers packed in black reusable plastic containers and sold in Nevada, as of August 1, 2015, are also covered by the recall.
The cucumbers subject to the above recalls were distributed in the states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, 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!
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