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Cucumbers Linked to 2nd Death and 350 Salmonella Cases

Cucumbers Linked to 2nd Death and 350 Salmonella Cases

September 10, 2015 — Another 56 cases of Salmonella and a second death have been linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, bringing the total number of cases to 341 in 30 states.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated the statistics on September 8, but says new illnesses are still being reported. The first cases were reported on July 3.

At least 70 people were hospitalized (20% of total cases). The first death was a 99 year-old woman from San Diego, California. The second death was a woman from Texas who died in late August.

According to the Associated Press, the woman had other serious health issues and Salmonella was listed as a “contributing factor” in her death.

The FDA also reported that 68% of victims who were interviewed reported eating cucumbers in the week before getting sick. Multiple investigations of illness clusters have identified cucumbers as a common source of food poisoning.

Earlier this week, Andrew & Williamson recalled “slicer” cucumbers sold under the Limited Edition® brand from August 1 through September 3. They were sold in the bulk section at many grocery stores, so it is unlikely customers will know whether they have purchased or consumed the cucumbers.

The cucumbers were also used in salads at major restaurant chains like Red Lobster. Two lawsuits have been filed by victims who fell ill after eating at Red Lobster locations in Minnesota.

Health officials in several states are now actively testing cucumbers at retail locations for Salmonella. The bacteria has been isolated on cucumbers tested in Nevada, Arizona, and Montana — all distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce.

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