The San Diego-based food company Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce (A&W) is recalling “Limited Edition” cucumbers nationwide after they were linked to a salmonella poisoning outbreak in which 4 people have died and more than 800 others seriously sickened.
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Update: Cucumbers Recalled Over Potential Salmonella Contamination
November 15, 2016 – Prime Time Produce has issued a voluntary recall for certain lots of cucumbers delivered to multiple locations in Bakersfield, CA., for possible salmonella contamination, according to 23ABC News. The cucumbers were served at salad bars in elementary, middle schools and high schools in the Bakersfield area. Other locations that may have received the cucumbers include Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, Logan’s Roadhouse and BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse.
What’s the Problem?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 767 salmonella illnesses — including 4 deaths — have been linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico and distributed by A&W. California has been hardest hit with 205 illnesses, followed by Arizona with 118 and Utah with 53. At least 157 people (28%) have been hospitalized as a result of their illness, according to the New York Times.
Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning
Salmonellosis is a bacterial infection that is typically contracted through eating contaminated food, according to LIVESTRONG. Symptoms of the illness may include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Blood in the stool
Where were the Tainted Cucumbers Sold?
A&W distributed the affected cucumbers to the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.
Retailers, food service companies, wholesalers and brokers who may have purchased the tainted cucumbers include: In-N-Out, Save Mart, Sam’s Club, The Capital Grille, United, Albertsons, HEB, Safeway, Kroger, Walmart, Costco, Fresh & Easy and Red Lobster.
Texas Woman’s Death Linked to Contaminated Cucumbers: NBC News Video
Second Company Recalls Cucumbers Over Salmonella Concerns
September 11 – Custom Produce Sales of Parlier, CA., is recalling all cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy label dating back to August 1, 2015 as part of an ongoing salmonella recall linked to cucumbers sourced from Mexico, according to an FDA press release. Affected products were distributed to California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas in the following packaging:
- Cucumber Carton 24’s Fat Boy Label
- Cucumber Carton Super Select Fat Boy Label
- Cucumber Carton 6 count Fat Boy Label
- Cucumber Carton 5 # Fat Boy Label
Affected Lot Codes may include: 93968, 94506, 94550, 94522, 94513, 93991
- Reusable Plastic Containers (RPC):
- Lot Code: (01) 1 0851821 22000 2 (10) 99
- Item # 552678329
838 Salmonella Cases in 38 States Linked to Imported Cucumbers
November 18, 2015 – The number of people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Poona linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico has grown to 838 in 38 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This marks an increase of 71 cases since the last update on October 14.
Third Death Linked to Tainted Cucumbers
September 21 – An Arizona woman is the third to die in a widespread salmonella outbreak linked to Mexican grown cucumbers distributed by Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce. The victim, a woman in her late fifties who had serious underlying health conditions, died in a Tucson hospital on September 4 while being treated for her illness. Click here to learn more.
Have there been other recalls?
This is not the first time cucumbers have been recalled. In 2011, North Carolina-based L&M Companies issued a recall for one lot (1590 cartons) of cucumbers over salmonella concerns.
Do I Have a Cucumber Recall Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in cucumber recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new food poisoning cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was sickened after eating cucumbers, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.