SOUTHERN UTAH – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration are continuing an investigation into a multistate outbreak of salmonella poona infections potentially linked to imported cucumbers from Mexico and distributed by Andrews & Williamson Fresh Produce.
According to the CDC, 418 people in 31 states are infected with the outbreak strain of salmonella poona, including 37 reported cases in Utah.
More than half of the ill people are children younger than 18.
On Sept. 11, Custom Produce Sales voluntarily recalled all cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy label beginning Aug. 1. Unlabeled cucumbers packed into a black, reusable plastic container and sold in Nevada since Aug. 1 are also included in this recall. These cucumbers were sent to Custom Produce Sales from Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce.
On Sept. 4, Andrews & Williamson voluntarily recalled all cucumbers sold under its Limited Edition label during the period from Aug. 1 through Sept. 3 due to possible contamination.
The type of cucumber that has been recalled is often referred to as a “slicer” or “American” cucumber and is dark green in color. Typical length is 7 to 10 inches. In retail locations, the cucumbers are typically sold in a bulk display without any individual packaging or plastic wrapping.
Several state health and agriculture departments are collecting and testing cucumbers from retail locations for the presence of salmonella. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services have isolated one of the outbreak strains of salmonella poona from cucumbers collected from retail locations. Preliminary information indicates that these cucumbers were distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. Additionally, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency isolated one of the outbreak strains of salmonella poona from cucumbers collected during a visit to the Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce facility.
Consumers are advised not to eat recalled cucumbers. Retailers and restaurants should dispose of the product. If consumers and retailers are not sure if their product is part of the recall, the product should be thrown out
Salmonella is an infection of the gastrointestinal system caused by bacteria. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. It can cause severe and sometimes fatal infection. Children are at highest risk of infection. Young children, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are most likely to have severe infections. If a person is ill with these symptoms and consumed cucumbers, he or she should seek medical care from a health care provider.
Updated information about this outbreak is available on the CDC website.
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