California distributor recalls imported cucumbers after salmonella kills elderly woman

California distributor recalls imported cucumbers after salmonella kills elderly woman

Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego on Friday issued a voluntary recall for its imported "Limited Edition" brand garden cucumbers, after the product was linked to the recent salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds of people in numerous states in the U. S.

The California Department of Public Health recently warned consumers not to eat cucumbers imported from Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce because some samples were found contaminated with salmonella is a genus of rod-shaped bacteria of the Enterobacteriaceae family.

Since July 3, the salmonella outbreak has sickened 285 people in more than two dozen states and killed an elderly San Diego woman. Health officials said in a statement that the imported cucumbers were the likely cause of the Aug. 17 death of a 99-year-old woman.

Half the victims who became ill after consuming the "Limited Edition" brand garden cucumbers distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego are under 18 years of age.

The company distributed the infected cucumbers in many states, including Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas and Utah.

According to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, undercooked poultry, meat and eggs are the most common sources of salmonella infection. Many fruits and vegetables as well as some pet birds and animals can also transmit the bacterial infection. It causes around 19,000 hospitalizations and nearly 380 deaths per year.

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