U.S.: Salmonella cucumber outbreak sickens more people
A U.S. outbreak of Salmonella linked to imported Mexican cucumbers has now sickened 671 people across 19 states, with three deaths reported.
In its latest update, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) said 131 people had so far been hospitalized.
The cucumbers are believed to have been imported and distributed by California-based Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. The company has since made a donation to non-profit organization STOP Foodborne Illness.
The recalled garden cucumbers can be identified in distribution channels as “Limited Edition” brand pole grown cucumbers.
The labeling on these cases indicates the product was grown and packed by Rancho Don Juanito in Mexico, and the cucumbers were distributed between August 1 – Sept. 3.
The CDC added it could take up to two weeks for people who eat the infected cucumbers to fall in.
The states with the highest number of ill people reported are California (164), Arizona (112), Utah (51), Wisconsin (38), Minnesota (34), Texas (33) and New Mexico (30).
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