Salmonella Risk Prompts Recall of Cucumbers in 14 States

On Saturday, the Food and Drug Administration issued a Recall of cucumbers that may be contaminated with Salmonella, Cucumbers are being recalled by a company based in Florida.

The recall was started following notification from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture that a product sample had tested positive for bacteria. The FDA is conducting genome sequencing to determine if this sample is linked to an ongoing investigation of a Salmonella outbreak, as stated in a notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA is looking into an outbreak of Salmonella Africana infections that have affected at least 141 individuals. The agency has not disclosed the locations of the affected individuals.

According to food safety attorney Bill Marler, the FDA’s active investigation chart only lists one Salmonella outbreak, which involves 141 cases of Salmonella Africana and an unknown food source.

The cucumbers that have been recalled are dark green and have a diameter of approximately 1.5 to 2.0 inches. They are also 5 to 9 inches long. It is important to note that mini cucumbers and English cucumbers are not affected by this recall.

The company has not provided information on whether the recalled cucumbers may have been repackaged for sale to consumers.

The cucumbers that were recalled were sent in large boxes to retail distribution centers, wholesalers, and food service distributors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Recall of Cucumbers

The company’s statement advises consumers not to consume the recalled cucumbers and instead destroy, discard, or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers are also encouraged to check with their retailer or place of purchase to find out if the recalled cucumbers were sold at their preferred shopping location.

Fresh Start Produce Sales has informed customers who received the recalled product directly from the company to remove it from circulation. The company has also requested that its direct customers educate their customers about the recall.

Consuming food infected with salmonella can lead to salmonellosis, a prevalent bacterial foodborne sickness. Signs of salmonellosis consist of diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fever between 6 hours to 6 days after consuming the tainted food. Typically, the illness persists for 4 to 7 days.


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