Salmonella From Cucumbers May Have Sickened 284, Killed 1

Cucumbers sold under the brand Limited Edition could be the source of a Salmonella outbreak that killed one and sickened 284 other people across 27 states this summer, according to a recent statement from the Food and Drug Administration.

Fifty-three people who fell ill had to be hospitalized, and 54 percent of those who were ill were children.

The cucumbers in question were sold from August 1 to September 3. Because of the potential health risk, all cucumbers distributed by the San Diego-based company Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce are being recalled. It’s difficult to identify the cucumbers because they’re typically sold in bulk displays or sliced up in prepared salads. The FDA statement notes they’re called “slicer” or “American” cucumbers, are dark green and are anywhere from seven to 10 inches long and 1.75 inches to 2.5 inches in diameter.

Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramping. Symptoms set in about 12 to 72 hours after infection and last for four to seven days.

Most people recover without needing treatment, but in people with suppressed immune systems, like the elderly or young children, the diarrhea can be so extreme that they need to be taken to the hospital and treated with antibiotics. Salmonella is the bug that causes more hospitalizations and deaths than any other food poisoning germ: an estimated 1 million illnesses, 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths every year in the U.S.

The bacteria is found in the feces of animals like cows, birds and mice, where it can spread to food sources in a factory or packing plant. It can also contaminate the water source used to irrigate crops, including vegetables like cucumber.

The cucumbers were produced in Baja California, Mexico and distributed in 22 states: —> Read More