The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul infections thought to be associated with cucumbers imported from Mexico.
The outbreak affected at least 81 people in 18 states between January and April this year and 14 of the reported cases have required hospital treatment. Preliminary epidemiological investigation suggested a link with consumption of cucumbers at a number of locations.
Cucumbers eaten by some of the people affected have been traced back via the distributor to two suppliers in Mexico, Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse. Both have been placed on Import Alert and will not be able to supply cucumbers to the US market until they are able to demonstrate the absence of Salmonella.
It is thought unlikely that the contaminated cucumbers are still on the market – hence no recall has been initiated – but CDC reports that further cases of illness may still be reported.
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