Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers
A California produce company has issued a recall for its cucumbers after CDC linked its products to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections.
Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce (A&W) recalled all cucumbers sold under the Limited Edition label from Aug. 1 through Sept. 3 because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
According to CDC, 285 people in 25 states have been infected with outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona since July. Authorities investigating the outbreak identified imported cucumbers from Mexico distributed by A&W as a likely source of the outbreak.
A&W is currently working with health authorities to determine if, in fact, this product is the source of an outbreak of Salmonella with illnesses.
Recalled cucumbers were produced in Baja California and distributed to 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 and reached customers through retail, food service companies, wholesalers, and brokers.
These cucumbers are shipped in a black, green, yellow, and craft colored carton which reads “Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers.” This variety is often referred to as a “Slicer” or “American” cucumber. It has a dark green color. It typically has a length of 7 to 10 inches and a diameter of 1.75 to 2.5 inches.