Multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to imported cucumbers

| September 7, 2015 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections associated with the consumption of cucumbers imported from Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of California.

The outbreak has caused illness in at least 285 people in 27 states since 3 July. Of those affected, 53 have required hospital treatment and one death has been reported in California. Eleven illness clusters linked to consumption of cucumbers have been identified in seven states. Genetic fingerprinting has identified three different strains of Salmonella Poona linked to the outbreak.

Epidemiological, laboratory and traceback evidence has identified imported Mexican cucumbers distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce as the likely source of infection. Of 80 people interviewed, 58 reported eating cucumber in the week before they became ill. Salmonella has also been isolated from samples of cucumber taken during a visit to the Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce facility in San Diego.

On 4 September Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce voluntarily recalled all cucumbers sold under the “Limited Edition” brand between 1 August and 3 September. The type of cucumber covered by the recall is referred to as a “slicer” or “American” cucumber and is described as seven to ten inches in length and dark green in colour.

More information about this outbreak investigation can be found on the CDC website here.

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