Salmonella outbreak stemming from tainted cucumbers prompted the recall of produce by a California distributor on Friday.
The cucumbers imported by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce from Mexico and found to be infected with salmonella have already killed one woman and led to serious health complications with another 285 persons, according to official releases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked the outbreak to the cucumbers. The first reported cases are dated to July 3rd. Since then, 27 states have reported infections, all linked back to the same fresh produce originating from Mexico.
As of yet, the only victim who died comes from San Diego. She was aged 99 at the time of death. Over half of the people infected with salmonella are under the age of 18 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC also stated that the cucumbers were traced to the San Diego-based distribution company Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, after several investigations looking into the severe outbreak.
As a result, the distribution company has issued a recall on Friday, stating that it covers all cucumbers that have been grown in the north of Mexico and which are sold under the Andrew & Williamson label “Limited Edition”. The label also includes the dates from August 1st to Thursday this week. All such produce should be returned or otherwise disposed of to prevent further spread of salmonella infections.
Fred Williamson, who is the president of Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce stated:
“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”.
18 out of the 22 states where the cucumbers were sent have so far reported infections with salmonella. These are Utah, Texas, South Carolina, Oregon, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nevada, Montana, Minnesota, Louisiana, Kansas, Illinois, Idaho, as well as Colorado, California, Arizona, Alaska and Arkansas.
Moreover, although the cucumbers were not shipped to Missouri, Wyoming, Nebraska, Wisconsin, New York, Washington, North Dakota, Virginia and Ohio, cases of salmonella have been registered in these states as well.
Currently, Arizona tops the list with the highest number of cases. A total of 66 cases were reported, spanning six counties.
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