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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.