A salmonella outbreak due to cucumbers has reached 27 states and has made 285 people sick so far as the California produce company that distributed the cucumbers has begun a nationwide recall.
The cucumbers were grown in Mexico and were distributed nationwide by the California produce company Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce according to USA Today. The produce company is based in San Diego. Andrew & Williamson stated that the brand of cucumber is known as their “limited edition” brand and that there has been an immediate recall.
Nearly 300 people throughout the country have been sick with salmonella and a 99 year old woman has died from it since the outbreak began back on July 3. Over half of the salmonella cases are in young people less than 18 years old. The following states have been affected by the recall: 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 has yet to be determined that the cucumbers have been specifically linked to the salmonella poisonings by the produce company has continued with the recall until health officials can determine the definite cause. Andrew & Williamson issued a public statement saying that their food purity has always been their highest priority and will continue to be going forward. The company stated that they have invested millions in their food safety measures to ensure that their methods, systems, and produce are safe.
Eight people, and as many as fourteen have taken ill in Idaho and nearly 70 have been affected in Arizona. Health officials in Arizona say that around 75% of their cases involve young people under the age of 17. There have no further deaths except the one, and few have sought treatment at local hospitals.