Recall: Mexican-Grown Cucumbers Sicken People in 27 States

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UFP News – by Dave Gibson

On September 4, San Diego-based Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce (A&W) issued a recall of their “Limited Edition” cucumbers, which are apparently tainted with the bacteria, Salmonella.

The cucumbers were grown and packed by Rancho Don Juanito in Baja California, Mexico, and distributed throughout the United States between August 1 – September 3, 2015, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).  

CDPH officials announced that they were aware of 285 people in 27 states who had become ill from eating the now-recalled cucumbers, and one San Diego woman died as a result of the infection.

A&W said the cucumbers were sent to “retail, food service companies, wholesalers, and brokers,” in the following states:

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.

Of course, wholesale distributors have sent them on to other states, and it is not yet known where all of the cucumbers ended up, nor even the names of the grocery stores currently selling them.

Unfortunately, the cucumbers are not labeled with the brand name Andrews and Williamson, and CDPH officials recommend “that consumers check with their grocer to determine if the cucumbers they purchased are impacted by this warning.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers the following information on Salmonella infection:

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most individuals recover without treatment. In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites. In these cases, Salmonella can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness

Salmonella contamination occurs when the fecal matter (or feces contaminated water) of humans or animals comes in contact with food.

This recall comes less than two months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed a ban on Mexican-grown cilantro, after many Americans were sickened by cyclosporiasis. Officials found human feces and toilet paper in the fields where the herb was grown.

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4 thoughts on “Recall: Mexican-Grown Cucumbers Sicken People in 27 States

  1. Mmm, mmm, mmm. Hu-manure.
    Even here in South Dakota some fields are sprayed with hu-manure. I helped a local farmer move tractors and planters to a field last spring. He said that he had been waiting for the city to spray the field with liquid manure. I asked him what kind and he told me human. I had no idea and he didn’t seem to care. That’s friggin gross! Frosted Crap GMO?! We got a lot of house cleaning to do!

  2. This country better start sending the illegal wetbacks back to their own side of the border, and they can keep their literally “shitty” produce down there too!

  3. What happens is produce is rejected down in Mexico and then stuck unknowingly on American produce trucks from piece of shit distributors right on the American border. I can’t tell you how much of this SHIT gets through lazy American distributors because they can’t or don’t have the time to inspect every case of foreign produce.

    About 30 percent of the product hauled (low estimate) is rotten, bad, or moldy and get’s stuck on American shelves. Mexicans take advantage of loose inspections and puts their garbage off on us.

    I just delivered cilantro from California Mexican run farms to Chicago of which 40 cases out of 565 of cilantro ( those were just the ones they checked) were moldy and rejected by the main distributor in Chicago. It was eventually sold to somebody else nearby, and gladly taken for other types of uses. These secondary distributors say that they sort through the product and remove the bad. I’ll leave that end result up to you to figure whether it’s bullshit or not.

    It took 36 hours of my time without pay to find somebody to take the rejected product. I had to just sit and wait, somebody took it just 2 miles from the main drop. If they couldn’t find a buyer my company would have had to (eat) pun intended, the loss. And this stuff isn’t cheap.

    This same load had grapes, strawberrys, and melons also on board, 3 day trip at 34 degress. The strawberrys are like gold, huge money.

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