Salmonella outbreak in 18 US states may lead to cucumber recall, 73 people affected

By on Apr 26, 2013 in Food, Health, United States Comments

A cucumber recall may happen, once the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have completed their joint investigation of the ongoing Salmonella outbreak in 18 US states, where 73 people have been affected. No deaths have been reported.

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According to a report at CDC.gov on Thursday, April 25, 2013, initial information revealed that consumption of imported cucumbers could be the source of the Salmonella outbreak. Fourteen (or 27%) of the ill persons have been hospitalized. Sixty percent were female, and the average age is 23 years old.

As noted in the report, the cucumbers in question were supplied by Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacan, Mexico and distributed by Tricar Sales, Inc. of Rio Rico, Arizona. But as of this moment, there is no evidence that contaminated cucumbers from them are still on the market.

The affected US states and the number of ill persons are as follows: Arizona (9), California (28), Colorado (1), Idaho (2), Illinois (3), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (8), Nevada (1), New Mexico (2), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Oregon (2), South Dakota (2), Texas (6), Virginia (2), and Wisconsin (2).

CDC added that the illness onset dates range is from January 12, 2013 to April 6, 2013. Last Wednesday, April 24, the US FDA placed Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse under Import Alert. This means that they will not be allowed to ship cucumbers to the US, unless they prove that their products are not contaminated with Salmonella.

Meanwhile, the CDC is reminding retailers and consumers to wash their hands with soap and warm water before and after handling or preparing food, including cucumbers. Cutting boards, dishes, and other utensils should also be washed with soap and hot water between the preparation of raw meat, poultry, and seafood products.



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