SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Cucumbers shipped to restaurants and grocery stores have been recalled after being linked to 285 Salmonella poona cases in 27 states, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The cucumbers, known as "slicer" or "American" cucumbers, are shipped in black, green, yellow, and craft colored cartons which are labeled "Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers." Typically, they are 7 to 10 inches long with a diameter of 1.75 to 2.5 inches. The cucumbers are sold in stores in a bulk display, without individual or plastic wrapping. In restaurants, they are typically used on salads.
Salmonella infection can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within four to seven days of ingestion. Most people who recover without treatment. In some people, diarrhea can be bad enough to lead to hospitalization because the infection can spread from the intestines to the blood stream and other parts of the body, requiring prompt treatment with antibiotics.
San Diego-based Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce issued a recall for all of its "Limited Edition" cucumbers shipped from Aug.1 through Sept. 3 after the FDA confirmed the Salmonella cases were linked to the vegetables, according to a CDC press release.
Salmonella cases have been reported in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The earliest illnesses are thought to have started as early as July 3, based on the agency's report.
"The safety and welfare of consumers is the highest priority for our company," said Fred Williamson, president of the company, in a press release. "We are taking all precautions possible to prevent further consumption of this product and are working to learn if and how these cucumbers are involved in the ongoing outbreak."