The first case of Salmonella traced to recently sold tainted cucumbers has been reported in Alabama, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nationally, the outbreak has been blamed for three deaths, 131 hospitalizations and 671 confirmed cases reported in 34 states. The deaths were in Arizona, California and Texas and since last week there have been 113 more reported infections, including one in Alabama. The tainted cucumbers were imported from Mexico by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce Inc. of California. On Sept. 4, Andrew & Williamson, which in 1997 was tied to a hepatitis outbreak linked to frozen strawberries, voluntarily recalled all cucumbers believed to be infected with the particular strain known as Salmonella Poona. A CDC warning said:
Consumers should not eat, restaurants should not serve, and retailers should not sell recalled cucumbers. If you aren’t sure if your cucumbers were recalled, ask the place of purchase or your supplier. When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve them and throw them out.
The type of cucumbers involved in the recall are called “slicer” or “American” cucumbers. They are dark green and typical length is 7-10 inches. In retail locations, they are usually sold in bulk though some of the infections have been traced back to cucumbers consumed at restaurants. The bacterial infection causes vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping, according to the CDC. It can be particularly dangerous for the very young and old, as well as those with other health conditions.
Once again there have been a large number of recalls since the last issue. There were several recalls issued just as this issue was being sent to the printer. While we weren’t able to include all recalls in this issue, we included those of the highest importance and urgency. If you need more information on any of the recalls listed above, or the ones that came in too late to be included in this issue, visit our firm’s web site at www.BeasleyAllen.com or our blog at www.RightingInjustice.com. We would also like to know if we have missed any other significant recall that involve a safety issue. If so, please let us know. As indicated at the outset, you can contact Shanna Malone at Shanna.Malone@beasleyallen.com for more recall information or to supply us with information on recalls.
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