California Food Distributor Recalls Cucumbers Due to Massive Salmonella Contamination

A California food distributor is at the center of a massive, nationwide outbreak of Salmonella poisoning that has been linked to hundreds of illnesses and two deaths. Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce, located in San Diego, CA, has issued a recall of all "Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers" sold in retailers between August 1stand September 3rd, 2015. The contaminated cucumbers were grown in Mexico and sold at local stores in more than 30 states throughout the U.S.

As of Tuesday, September 8th, the Center For Disease Control (CDC) reported more than 341 confirmed cases of Salmonella poisoning related to this product contamination. 72 confirmed cases came from right here in California, including one of the two fatalities that have been linked to this outbreak.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning all consumers to be extremely cautious about their produce in order to avoid potential exposure to the bacteria. Wash all produce thoroughly before cooking, and make sure meat is cooked all the way through. These are the two most common ways that people are exposed to the Salmonella bacteria.

If you believe you purchased Andrew and Williamson "Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers" between 8/1 and 9/3/15, the FDA urges you to return the product to your local point of sale for a refund, or throw the produce in the trash immediately.

The FDA and Center for Disease Control (CDC) have determined that this current outbreak is linked to a fairly rare and extremely dangerous strain of the Salmonella bacteria, known as Salmonella Poona.Since 1998, the CDC has reported only 9 outbreaks of Salmonella Poona in the United States. While this particular strain of the bacteria is somewhat uncommon, Salmonella contamination is a major health hazard in the U.S. Here are some disturbing facts about Salmonella contamination in America:

• According to the CDC, Salmonella poisoning cases an estimated 1 million illnesses in the U.S every year.
• 19,000 people are hospitalizedevery year in the U.S due to Salmonella poisoning.
• There are as many as 380 fatal cases of Salmonella poisoningin the U.S every year.

It is important to recognize the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, also known as Salmonellosis, early and seek medical treatment if necessary. In healthy adults, the symptoms of Salmonellosis generally last between 4 to 7 days and often do not require hospitalization. However, in adults with weakened immune systems, the elderly, and young children, Salmonella poisoning can be much more severe and dangerous. The most frequent symptoms associated with Salmonella poisoning include:

• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Fever
• Abdominal Cramps
• Diarrhea

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