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January 26, 2016: Nearly 900 Sickened in Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

Cucumber Lawsuit Help – The Weinberg Law Firm is currently assisting victims of Salmonella food poisoning outbreaks nationwide, including those injured in the recent outbreak linked to recalled cucumbers. Please contact our law firm 24/7, toll free at 1-877-934-6274, if you have a question regarding a food poisoning lawsuit. You can also contact our lawyers online by using the “Free Legal Case Evaluation Form” found on this page.

CDC SALMONELLA OUTBREAK UPDATE – SALMONELLA CASE COUNT REACHES 888 CONFIRMED ILLNESSES

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 888 confirmed cases of Salmonella Poona food poisoning have been reported across 39 states. This represents an increase of 50 illnesses since the CDC’s November 19, 2015, update. Tennessee was the latest outbreak state to be added to the CDC’s list. Public health officials blame cucumbers, distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, as the likely source of the outbreak. Multiple cucumbers recalls have occurred as a result.

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The number of confirmed Salmonella Poona outbreak cases by state is as follows: Alabama (1), Alaska (19), Arizona (134), Arkansas (13), California (241), Colorado (21), Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Hawaii (1), Idaho (26), Illinois (11), Indiana (5), Iowa (7), Kansas (2), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Maryland (1), Minnesota (43), Missouri (15), Montana (16), Nebraska (8), Nevada (17), New Hampshire (1), New Mexico (35), New York (6), North Dakota (8), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (13), Oregon (23), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (10), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (1), Texas (52), Utah (62), Virginia (1), Washington (26), Wisconsin (46), and Wyoming (7).

The CDC also reported that:

  • One hundred and ninety-one (191) confirmed illnesses required hospitalization.
  • Six deaths have been reported from Arizona (1), California (3), Oklahoma (1), and Texas (1). Salmonella infection was not considered to be a contributing factor in two of the three deaths in California.
  • Forty-nine percent of those sickened are children younger than 18 years old.
  • Available illness onset dates range from July 3, 2015 to January 6, 2016.

ANDREW & WILLIAMSON FRESH PRODUCE CUCUMBERS ARE LINKED TO THE OUTBREAK PROMPTING MULTIPLE CUCUMBER RECALLS

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported the following cucumber recall information:

Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce Cucumber Recall – On September 4, 2015, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce recalled all of its cucumbers sold under the “Limited Edition” brand label because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The cucumbers were shipped in black, green, yellow, and craft colored cartons which read “Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers.” This variety is often referred to as a “Slicer” or “American” cucumber. It has a dark green color, and typically has a length of 7 to 10 inches and a diameter of 1.75 to 2.5 inches. In retail stores it may be sold in bulk display without any individual packaging or plastic wrapping. The cucumbers were distributed between August 1, 2015 and September 3, 2015.

Alaska Safeway and Carrs Recalls Deli Sandwiches Containing Cucumbers – On September 8, 2015, Safeway announced a recall for its made-to-order deli sandwiches made with cucumbers produced by Andrew & Williamson and sold in nine Safeway and Carrs stores in Alaska, because the cucumbers may be contaminated with the bacterial pathogen, Salmonella. The recall was issued after public health officials determined that Andrew & Williamson fresh cucumbers are linked to a multistate Salmonella Poona outbreak.

Custom Produce Sales Recalls FAT BOY® Brand and Unlabeled Cucumbers – On September 11, 2015 Custom Produce Sales of Parlier, California recalled all of its cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy® label because the product may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen, Salmonella. The recall covers Fat Boy® cucumbers marketed since August 1, 2015. Unlabeled cucumbers packed in black reusable plastic containers and sold in Nevada, as of August 1, 2015, are also covered by the recall.

The cucumbers subject to the above recalls were distributed in the states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. Further distribution to other states may have occurred.

Public health officials caution that consumers should not eat, restaurants should not serve, and retailers should not sell the recalled cucumbers. If you are not sure if cucumbers in your possession were recalled, ask the place of purchase or your supplier. When in doubt, do not eat, sell, or serve the cucumbers in question!

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