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Cucumber Recall Lawsuit (Latest 2024 Updates)

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Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce (A&W), a food company located in San Diego, is initiating a nationwide recall of “Limited Edition” cucumbers due to their connection with a salmonella poisoning outbreak. This incident has resulted in the death of 4 individuals and the illness of over 800 people.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed symptoms of food poisoning after eating cucumber products, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a food poisoning lawsuit and our lawyers can help.

Update: Cucumbers Shipped to 14 States Recalled for Salmonella Contamination

According to an FDA Recall Alert published on June 1, 2024, A Florida-based firm has issued a nationwide recall for whole cucumbers that were shipped to 14 states because they could be potentially contaminated with salmonella bacteria [1].

The recalled cucumbers, which were produced by Fresh Start Produce Sales, were shipped to retail distribution centers, wholesalers and food service distributors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, from May 17 through May 21.

Affected cucumbers are dark green, approximately 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter, and 5 to 9 inches long, FDA said.

The recall was initiated after the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture informed Fresh Start Produce Sales that a product sample had tested positive for salmonella.

The FDA is conducting whole genome sequencing to determine if this sample is related to an ongoing salmonella outbreak investigation, the notice said.

What’s the Problem?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [2], 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 [3].

Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning

According to LIVESTRONG, Salmonellosis is a bacterial infection that is typically contracted through eating contaminated food [4].

Symptoms of the illness may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • 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

Cucumbers Recalled Over Potential Salmonella Contamination

November 15, 2016 – According to 23ABC News, Prime Time Produce has issued a voluntary recall for certain lots of cucumbers delivered to multiple locations in Bakersfield, CA., for possible salmonella contamination [5]. 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.

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 [6]. 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 – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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 [7]. 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.

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.

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References:

1. http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/voluntary-recall-issued-for-cucumbers-possibly-contaminated
2. http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/poona-09-15/index.html
3. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/06/us/cucumbers-recalled-in-salmonella-outbreak.html
4. http://www.livestrong.com/article/43955-side-effects-salmonella
5. https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm462154.htm
6. http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/poona-09-15/index.html
7. https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/fresh-start-produce-sales-initiates-recall

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