Cucumbers Recalled in 14 States Because They Might Make People Sick with Salmonella!

Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc., a Florida-based produce company, has announced a recall of whole cucumbers shipped to 14 states due to concerns over salmonella contamination. The affected cucumbers, shipped between May 17 and May 21, were distributed to wholesalers and distributors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The recalled cucumbers are approximately 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter and between 5 and 9 inches long. Mini cucumbers and English cucumbers are not included in this recall. The recall was initiated following a notification from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture that a sample tested positive for salmonella, a bacterium that can cause severe and sometimes fatal infections, particularly in young children and the elderly.

Cucumbers Recalled in 14 States Because They Might Make People Sick with Salmonella

The FDA is conducting whole genome sequencing to determine if this sample is linked to an ongoing salmonella outbreak investigation. Currently, the FDA’s website lists one active salmonella Africana outbreak, which has sickened 141 people.

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Although it is unlikely that the affected cucumbers are still in the marketplace, consumers who have purchased the recalled product are advised to destroy it or return it for a refund. The notice did not specify the retailers that may have sold the recalled cucumbers. Ensuring food safety and preventing contamination remains a priority, and consumers are urged to stay informed about potential recalls and outbreaks.

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