Summer--the season of food spoilage--might be coming to a close, but there’s a new source of foodborne illness you should watch out for, and it’s coming from an unlikely source: cucumbers.
After the death of a San Diego woman, a California-based company is voluntarily recalling its cucumbers and working with health officials to find out whether their product is the cause of a salmonella outbreak. The “Limited Edition” brand label cucumbers from Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce were distributed to at least 27 states including: 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.
The CDC claims the cucumbers may have been the source of 285 illnesses and 53 hospitalizations across these states since July 3, 2015. Over half the reported cases of illness are children younger than 18.
Large Salmonella outbreak linked to recalled, imported cucumbers. Check your fridge! http://t.co/mgc4LDKsvN @CDCgov pic.twitter.com/MAoHVmt3Bv— CDC Emergency (@CDCemergency) September 5, 2015
Large Salmonella outbreak linked to recalled, imported cucumbers. Check your fridge! http://t.co/mgc4LDKsvN @CDCgov pic.twitter.com/MAoHVmt3Bv
If you aren’t sure where your cucumbers are from, ask your grocer. This “Limited Edition” cucumber is often referred to as an “American” or “slicer” cucumber and is dark green and 7 to 10 inches long. At the supermarket, they’re typically displayed in bulk containers and are not individually wrapped in plastic. If a cucumber you bought matches this description, the CDC urges you to get rid of it even if you’re unsure where it came from.