Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney
On September 15, 2015, the FDA posted a notice of voluntary recall regarding cucumbers potentially contaminated with salmonella. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), multiple states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections.
According to the CDC, epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations have identified cucumbers imported from Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce as a likely source of the infections in this outbreak.
Additional reports are expected to come in, but presently, the CDC reports that 2 people have died, 91 of those infected people have been hospitalized, and more than half of the patients are children. In total, 418 people from 31 states have been infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella.
Recalled cucumbers 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.
The type of cucumber that has been recalled is often referred to as a “slicer” or “American” cucumber and is dark green in color. Typical length is 7 to 10 inches. In retail locations the cucumbers are typically sold in a bulk display without any individual packaging or plastic wrapping.
Consumers should not eat, restaurants should not serve, and retailers should not sell any of the recalled cucumbers. If you aren’t sure if your cucumbers were recalled, ask the place of purchase or your supplier. When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve them and throw them out.
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection can include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Those who are in poor health or have weakened immune systems can develop life-threatening infections.
Anyone who has recently eaten any of the recalled cucumbers, and suffered any of the above symptoms, should contact their doctor immediately.
If you or a loved one has been affected by the Salmonella outbreak the attorneys at Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen can help. Call us for a free consultation at 866-388-1307.
About the Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick is the Intake Attorney for Allen & Allen, located in the firm’s Richmond, VA office. Abby supervises the new case department and works with clients at the earliest stages of their cases. She meets with potential new clients and helps determine how Allen & Allen’s attorneys are best able to meet their needs. Abby’s background in insurance defense gives her valuable insights into how insurance companies handle and evaluate personal injury and medical malpractice claims.