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Cucumber recall expands to 34 states after salmonella outbreak

Published: Sep. 30, 2015 at 3:02 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 30, 2015 at 3:05 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Federal officials say they are expanding a multistate recall after an outbreak of salmonella was linked to American cucumbers. So far, three people have died, 113 people have been hospitalized, and more than 600 have been infected in 34 states.

The cucumbers were supplied by two companies: Andrew &Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego, CA, grown in Baja, Mexico, and Custom Produce Sales, which are sold under the Fat Boy label, according to the latest news release. The recalled cucumbers are described as being dark green and typically seven to ten inches long, typically sold in a bulk display without any individual packaging or plastic wrapping.

The number of people who have been reported ill in each state breaks down to:

Alabama (1), Alaska (13), Arizona (112), Arkansas (9), California (164), Colorado (17), Hawaii (1), Idaho (22), Illinois (8), Indiana (2), Iowa (5), Kansas (2), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Minnesota (34), Missouri (10), Montana (14), Nebraska (5), Nevada (13), New Mexico (30), New York (5), North Dakota (3), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (12), Oregon (19), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (9), South Dakota (1), Texas (33), Utah (51), Virginia (1), Washington (21), Wisconsin (38), and Wyoming (6).

Officials say people became ill between July 3, 2015 and September 21, 2015. Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. Officials say they expect the numbers of those ill to rise.

The FDA is asking consumers to not eat the recalled cucumbers and ask their retailer or restaurant what company supplies their cucumbers. If consumers are unsure whether the cucumbers are involved in the recall, they should throw them out and not eat them.

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