Cucumbers Recalled in 14 States Because of Salmonella Risk

( – A company located in Florida is recalling cucumbers that have been shipped to fourteen states due to a Salmonella risk.

Delray, Florida’s Fresh Produce Start Sales Inc. is recalling cucumbers that were shipped from May 17 to May 21 of this year. The states that are affected include Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and South Carolina.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture told the company that a product sample tested positive for Salmonella, which then prompted the company to initiate a recall. Salmonella can cause mild infections, but it can also lead to serious or fatal infections for the elderly or young

Healthy people who are infected by Salmonella can experience symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. It causes over one million infections per year which leads to over twenty thousand hospitalizations and over four hundred deaths annually.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that those who are infected don’t need treatment and would get better on their own. The Federal Drug Administration is looking into genome sequencing that would allow them to figure out if this is related to an ongoing Salmonella outbreak. They are referring to a sample with over one hundred infected individuals and they’ve yet to find an infected food source as a common denominator within that group of people.

The cucumbers that are recalled were shipped in bulk and do not include English or mini cucumbers. Those who have purchased the infected cucumbers should discard them or return them for a refund. If anyone has any questions they can call the company that shipped the cucumbers to the retail locations.

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