Tainted Cucumbers May Have Sickened Hundreds in 27 States
The cukes, grown in Mexico, are thought to be responsible for hundreds of salmonella infections
Before you toss another salad or set up a jar of home-made pickles, make sure you know where your cucumbers came from. Cucumbers sold by Andrew and Williamson (A&W) Fresh Produce with the label "Limited Edition" between August 1, 2015 and September 3, 2015 may be responsible for an extensive outbreak of salmonella. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 285 cases of cucumber-cased salmonella in 27 states so far.
In response, A&W is voluntarily recalling the cukes, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As an extra precaution, the San Diego-based company also is stopping the harvest and packaging of cucumbers that potentially could be linked to the salmonella outbreak.
The affected cucumbers are dark green and 7 to 10 inches long. The variety often is referred to as "Slicer" or "American," according to the FDA. It's typically sold in a bulk display without individual packaging or wrapping. They were grown in Baja California and distributed in the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.
Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. For young children, elderly folks and people with weakened immune systems a salmonella infection can lead to severe illness and, in some cases, be fatal. A 99-year-old woman reportedly has died after eating salmonella-tainted cucumbers. The majority of other cases of infection have been in kids under 18.
If you know you purchased Limited Edition brand cucumbers, throw them out or take them back to the store, where you will get a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact A&W by visiting the company website at www.andrew-williamson.com or by calling the company at (844) 483-3864.