The cucumbers were shipped from Mexico and sold by a California company. They have reportedly sickened more than 200 people and killed an old woman in the United States.
A California-based company has recalled its branded cucumbers after they have been linked to the outspread of salmonella.
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The first case of salmonella outbreak was reported on July 3. Since then, infection has sickened 285 people and killed one 99 year old San Diego woman. It has reportedly spread to 27 states. Most of the people infected with the outbreak strains were under 18 year of age.
The cucumbers are grown in Mexico and distributed by a company named Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce to at least 22 states. They have been sold under the label of “Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers.” The variety is known as “Slicer” or “American” cucumber and has been available in market since August 1. The cucumber has dark green color and can be 7 to 10 inches in length and 1.75 to 2.5 inches in diameter.
The company A&W is currently working with health authorities to determine if their product was the source of salmonella outbreak in 27 states. Meantime, it is voluntarily recalling its product linked to the contamination with salmonella and is taking all necessary actions to prevent the further damage.
“The safety and health of the consumers who buy our products have always been the highest priority for us,” the company partner Dave Murray told USA Today. “I bring our produce home to my family, that is how much I believe in the produce we buy, ship and sell. We’ve invested millions to make sure our food safety systems are effective and up to date.”
The U.S. FDA alongside local health authorities are assessing the scope of the outbreak and identifying possible causes. The local and federal health departments found several people ill in different geographical locations and interviewed them about the food they ate before the illness began. 58 of 80 interviewed people reported eating cucumbers and their common supplier was Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce, of San Diego, California.
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Health authorities are also collecting leftovers to detect the presence of salmonella. Salmonella is a bacterium which causes serious infections in every age group of people and weakens their immune system. The affected people could experience nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain. It can also cause severe illness and even prove fatal as well.