September 10, 2015 — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 341 cases of Salmonella in 30 states have been linked to “slicer” cucumbers supplied by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce and grown in Mexico.
Seventy people have been hospitalized — about 20% of everyone who got sick. California is the hardest-hit state, with 72 illnesses reported, including one 99 year-old woman in San Diego who died.
The second death was reported in Texas by the Associated Press. The woman had other serious health issues and died in late August. Health records indicate that Salmonella was a “contributing factor,” according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. A total of 18 illnesses have been reported in Texas.
According to an update from the FDA, 68% of people interviewed reported eating cucumbers in the week before getting sick.
Several state health departments are also collecting and testing leftover cucumbers from retail locations for Salmonella. Nevada, Arizona, and Montana have isolated Salmonella on cucumbers in retail locations that were distributed by Andrew & Williamson.
In retail locations, the cucumbers are typically sold in bulk display without any individual packaging or plastic wrapping. The cucumbers were also provided to restaurants like Red Lobster for use in salads. At least two lawsuits have been filed by people who got sick after eating salads at two different Red Lobster restaurants in Minnesota.
Andrew & Williamson has recalled all cucumbers sold under the Limited Edition® label from August 1, 2015 through September 3, 2015. New illnesses are still being reported.
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