A widespread salmonella outbreak is being reported across several states in the United States. The outbreak has reportedly affected over 285 people and is being blamed for the death of a San Diego woman, USA Today reports. The salmonella outbreak is being linked to produce from one California based company – Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. Following reports of the outbreak, the company voluntarily recalled its “Limited Edition” brand garden cucumbers that are being blamed for the outbreak. According to health officials, these cucumbers – reportedly grown in Mexico, have been infected with salmonella and is suspected to be behind several cases of illness since July 3 and August 17.
According to the Star Tribune, over half of the people who became ill after consuming the salmonella-infected cucumbers were below 18 years of age. The states in which the infected batch of cucumbers were distributed include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
Andrew & Williamson has in the meantime confirmed that it is working with health officials to determine of their products are indeed the cause for the outbreak. The product recall was a voluntary move by the company to safeguard other consumers. The company has issued a press release as well that directs people to either claim a refund for their purchase or to safely dispose the possibly contaminated cucumbers.
Below are excerpts from a statement.
“Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce (‘A&W’) of San Diego, California is voluntarily recalling all cucumbers sold under the Limited Edition label during the period from August 1, 2015 through September 3, 2015 because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.”
“The safety and welfare of consumers is the highest priority for our company. We are taking all precautions possible to prevent further consumption of this product and are working to learn if and how these cucumbers are involved in the ongoing outbreak.”
As of today, nine people from Washington have been sick from the cucumber-related salmonella outbreak. Several other cases have been reported from other states as well – including three cases in Oregon and eight cases in Idaho. Arizona seems to be the worst hit, with a total of 66 cases of cucumber-related salmonella infections being reported from the state alone.
Are you amongst the several people who bought the possibly infected cucumbers from Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce? If yes, you might want to either dispose the vegetable off safely or return it for a refund.
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