California based company recalls Cucumbers imported from Mexico
Sep 11 2015
Health officials are investigating whether the Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce Limited Edition brand may be the source of a salmonella outbreak. The recall covers fresh field cucumbers and in-store products that contain cucumbers, including Greek salad, vegetable trays, sushi and sandwiches bought at Safeway on or before Sunday.
A Minnesota woman who became sick after eating cucumbers that may have contained salmonella is presently suing a California company.
However, DHH recommended precautions: "If you aren't sure if your cucumbers were recalled, ask the place of purchase or your supplier". Salmonella outbreaks were reported in several states that did not receive direct shipments of the product, including Missouri, Nebraska, NY, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Moreover, FDA reports that A&W has also already reached out to customers who may have received the tainted product. To date, about 285 illnesses and one death have been traced back to the Salmonella outbreak with the first case reported in early July.
Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramps and fever.
J.R. Bale Half of the people who fell ill were under 18
The CDC sayssalmonella poona symptoms present themselves within 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. Out of an abundance of caution, we removed all cucumbers from our restaurants and discontinued their use prior to the opening of business on Friday, September 4.
Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego has initiated a voluntary recall of its garden cucumbers. The illness usually lasts only four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. Andrew & Williamson has voluntarily recalled these cucumbers, which are dark green and typically between 7 and 10 inches long. Idaho officials are investigating six other possible cases linked to the outbreak.
Unfortunately, it's difficult for consumers to know the brand name of their cucumber since they're often sold individually and without labeling. However, the young and the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems, can be more seriously affected.
Federal officials said there were one or two cases in Mississippi, 51 in California and 60 in Arizona.