30 Utah residents sickened by salmonella; product recall underway

Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce cucumbers have been recalled in multiple states for possible salmonella poona contamination, photo date and location not specified | Photo courtesy California Department of Public Health, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A nationwide salmonella outbreak has sickened 30 Utah residents. A total of 285 people in 27 states have been affected, and one person has died in California.

The Utah Department of Agriculture announced Friday that Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce has voluntarily recalled cucumbers sold under the brand “Limited Edition” between Aug. 1 and Sept. 3 because the cucumbers might be contaminated with salmonella poona.

State health officials in Arizona have reported 60 cases of salmonella in their state, while the California Department of Public Health reports one death among that state’s reported 51 cases. Utah has the third most cases reported from the outbreak.

Andrew and Williamson reports the affected cucumbers were distributed in 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. The company’s website lists many retail and food service locations they ship their produce to, including Wal-Mart, Albertsons and Costco.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people infected with salmonella poona develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 12-72 hours after exposure. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people will recover without treatment. However, if symptoms worsen, a health care provider should be consulted immediately.

Those under 5 years and over 65 years old, as well as those with weakened immune systems, are more likely to develop a severe illness and should be hospitalized if symptoms worsen, the CDC said.

In a news release posted on the company’s website, Andrew and Williamson President Fred Williamson said no other fresh fruits or vegetables from the supplier have been affected, and all customers who may have received the product have been contacted so the cucumbers can be removed.

“The safety and welfare of consumers is the highest priority for our company,” Williamson said in the 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.”

Correction

Ed. note – CORRECTION: The Southwest Utah Public Health Department clarified on Sept. 10 that when the surveillance nurse quoted in this report referred to three cases linked to salmonella in Central, she was referring to the central district of the Utah Public Health Department, not to the area of Central within Washington County. Appropriate corrections have been made throughout this report and to the headline.

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4 Comments

  • Dexter September 6, 2015 at 11:55 am

    To bad we can’t do the same thing with politicians.

    • laytonian September 6, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      You can. Quit voting for the same ones. Utah, straight-ticket automatic (R) voting.

      • fun bag September 6, 2015 at 7:08 pm

        mormon = rupublican, no exceptions. I think if Adolf Hitler would have run on the republican ticket he would have got all the mormon vote as well. So long as they got an R by their name they are approved by “heavenly father”. Hey mormons, why not think for yourselves once in a while?

  • Dexter September 6, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I can’t wait to see what stupid comment REAL LIFE is going to make

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