Recalled cucumbers may be linked to nationwide Salmonella outbreak

Cucumbers, the subject of a recent recall, may be linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 162 people in 25 states - FDA

So far, there are 162 cases in 25 states

Remember that recent cucumber recall? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now believes those cucumbers are responsible for a nationwide Salmonella outbreak.

The CDC has received reports of 162 people in 25 states who were sickened by Salmonella. There have been no reported deaths but 54 people had to be hospitalized.

“Testing identified Salmonella in a cucumber collected as part of this investigation, which resulted in a recall,” the CDC said in an alert. “Further testing is underway to see if it is the same strain as the one making people sick. Investigators are also working to collect more information to see if other cucumbers are affected.”

It’s doubtful that any of the tainted cucumbers are still being sold, but they could be in consumers’ refrigerators. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the recalled cucumbers were shipped in bulk cartons from May 17th through May 21st, 2024, directly to retail distribution centers, wholesalers, and food service distributors.

States receiving the cucumbers include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Advice from the CDC

  •  If you recently purchased cucumbers and have them at home, you can check with the store where you purchased them to see if they were part of the recall. If you can’t tell, do not eat them.

  • Wash items and surfaces that may have touched the recalled cucumbers using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.

  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these severe Salmonella symptoms:

    • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F

    • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving

    • Bloody diarrhea

    • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down

    • Signs of dehydration, such as:

      • Not urinating much

      • Dry mouth and throat

      • Feeling dizzy when standing up

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