Fearing cucumbers imported from Mexico could the source of a salmonella outbreak that has killed one person and infected at least 285 people in 27 US states, a California company is recalling cucumbers on fast track.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith last week warned people not to eat garden cucumbers imported from Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce because these cucumbers may be contaminated with Salmonella.
“CDPH is currently aware of 285 individuals in 27 states infected with Salmonella serotype Poona, with 51 of these case-patients being reported from 17 California counties, including one death,” said a statement.
CDPH has been working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health departments across the state to assess the scope of this outbreak and identify possible causes.
Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego, CA initiated a voluntary recall of their garden cucumbers, after being informed of the epidemiologic association between these cucumbers and the Salmonella Poona outbreak. The recalled garden cucumbers can be identified in distribution channels as “Limited Edition” brand pole grown cucumbers.
The labeling on these cases indicates the product was grown and packed by Rancho Don Juanito in Mexico. These cucumbers were distributed between August 1 – September 3, 2015. Domestically produced cucumbers are not believed to be involved in this outbreak.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea which may be bloody. Most infected people recover within a week. Some may develop complications that require hospitalization. Infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for more severe illness.
CDPH recommends consumers experiencing any ill effects after consuming cucumbers should consult their health care provider.
One person in California died due to infection from a strain of Salmonella Poona, and 53 people have been hospitalized since July 3, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of those affected are teenagers and children.
The cucumbers were produced in Baja California, Mexico, and distributed in at least 22 US states, the company said in a statement and clarified that no other fruits and vegetables will be included in the recall.