An urgent voluntarily recall has been issued by Andrew and Williamson (A&W) Fresh Produce for its Limited Edition cucumbers as the said product is linked to a salmonella outbreak that has already affected as much as 27 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reports that there has been one death linked to the contaminated cucumbers so far.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that the A&W has been working with health authorities to determine if the cucumbers they have sold are, in fact, behind the recent salmonella outbreak. As of the moment, the company has also stopped harvesting and packing its cucumbers. Moreover, FDA reports that A&W has also already reached out to customers who may have received the tainted product. The affected Limited Edition brand cucumbers are those that were sold between August 1 and September 3.
According to the CDC, the salmonella infections started occurring back in July 3, 2015 when infections related to the outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona was reported from 27 states. Since then, as much as 53 people have been hospitalized due to illness and one death has already been reported in California. Furthermore, 54% of those infected are younger than 18 years old. Investigations have since, identified cucumbers from A&W as possible source of the outbreak. They were said to have been imported from Mexico.
58 of the 80 people interviewed said they had eaten cucumbers a week before their illness began. Salmonella is an organism that tends to prey on young children and other people with weakened immune system. Symptoms can include nausea, fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting. Meanwhile, if salmonella enters one’s bloodstream, it can cause serious illnesses such as endocarditis, arthritis and arterial infections.
A&W’s Limited Edition cucumbers were said to have been distributed in 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. It is possible that the tainted cucumbers were also distributed in other states.
The affected Limited Edition cucumbers are known as the “slicer” or “American” cucumber. It is dark green in color and is usually about seven to ten inches long. A&W President Fred Williamson urges all consumers to return the tainted cucumbers to where they had purchased it for a full refund.