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Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 558 People

September 23, 2015 — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) posted an update to report 140 new illnesses in an outbreak of Salmonella linked to cucumbers.

As of yesterday, a total of 558 illnesses had been reported in 33 states. At least 112 people have been hospitalized. About 52% of the victims are children and teenagers under 18. The hardest-hit states are California (120), Arizona (95), and Utah (46). Three deaths were reported in California, Arizona, and Texas.

Salmonella illnesses have been reported from July 3 through September 11, but it is possible that cases after August 28 have not been reported because it can take a few weeks for health officials to confirm a link.

Several recalls have been issued, beginning with a recall by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce on September 4. A recall was also issued by Custom Produce for cucumbers obtained from Andrew & Williamson that were sold under the “Fat Boy” brand.

According to Food Poison Journal, this is not the first time Andrew & Williamson has imported Mexican produce that caused a food poisoning outbreak.

In 1997, the company imported 1.7 million pounds of strawberries that sickened 198 school children and teachers in Michigan, Maine, and Wisconsin with Hepatitis A. The company was ordered to pay a $1.3 million fine to the government for lying about the origin of the strawberries before selling it to the school lunch program.

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