Salmonella outbreak linked to imported cucumbers
April 25th, 2013
07:15 PM ET
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that 73 cases of Salmonella Saintpaul have been reported across 18 states, believe to be linked to exposure to infected cucumbers. The cucumbers were supplied by Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacán, Mexico and distributed by Tricar Sales, Inc. of Rio Rico, Arizona.

27% of reported cases required hospitalization and no deaths have been reported. The youngest person sickened was under one year of age.

Illness related to this outbreak's strain have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. CDC officials are working in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration as well as state an local officials to identify additional cases and to interview those who have fallen ill about the food they consumed in the week prior to becoming sick.

Cucumber shipments from these producers will be denied by United States customs until it can be proven that that are free from salmonella. There is no evidence that infected cucumbers remain on store shelves.

The CDC recommends the following precautions to minimize risk from potentially infected produce:

Wash hands with soap and warm water before and after handling or preparing produce.
Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and counter tops with soap and hot water between the preparation of raw meat, poultry and seafood products and the preparation of produce that will not be cooked.

Wash all produce thoroughly under running water before eating, cutting or cooking.
Produce that is labeled “prewashed” does not need to be washed again at home.
Scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush.
Cut away any damaged or bruised areas on produce before preparing and eating.

Refrigerate cut, peeled, or cooked produce as soon as possible, or within 2 hours.
Store produce away from raw meat, poultry, and seafood.

– Fast facts on salmonella

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people in a normal state of health who ingest Salmonella-tainted food may experience diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, which typically begin within 12 to 72 hours. This may be accompanied by vomiting, chills, headache and muscle pains. These symptoms may last about four to seven days, and then go away without specific treatment, but left unchecked, Salmonella infection may spread to the bloodstream and beyond and may cause death if the person is not treated promptly with antibiotics.

Children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune symptoms should practice extreme caution, as salmonellosis may lead to severe illness or even death.

Consumer resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Food and Drug Administration's Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts
FDA Food Safety
United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Education

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  1. autumn

    Just wondering if McDonald's premium chicken wraps (with cucumbers) were part of this shipment of cucumbers? Reason being I had one last week and been feeling well....not so good. Wasn't sure if it was a possible explanation.

    April 26, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
  2. ms glow

    Did I read that right??? and child under the age of one eating cucumbers????

    April 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
  3. sumner

    Aaaaannnd, another reason why I buy local for all produce and meats....

    April 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
  4. Southern Gal

    Does this include the English Cucumbers?? They are usually wrapped in shrink plastic.

    April 26, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
  5. Sal Voce

    well, how about this, government and the libtards blaming the producter! How about would think they would blame the cucumber!

    April 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
  6. geneinmexico

    As it has been in the past, it is not the grower but the supplier who has a problem. Poor quality control and dirty trucks will do it every time. Using trucks that carried beef or pork is a normal mode of operation, as is steam cleaning the trucks before loading other products. Salmonella does not come from the ground water but from the water used to clean the product.

    April 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • RichardHead

      All trailers from the United States entering Mexico ( Refers ) must be pressure washed before entering your country. Period.....Your a DumdAzz.......Now trailers coming back across the Border are another thing.....Missing brake lights,Brake chambers,brake hoses,and refrigerated units completely missing.. So get a grip, and take a shower in the same water you speak of.

      April 26, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
  7. bernie

    Does anybody know if the Subway chain of fast food restaurants was supplied by the imported tainted cucumber outbreak?

    April 26, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • Produce Guy

      Yes Some of the Subway Chains would have received product from this commodity shipper. However from what i understand most if not all of the product has been pulled by the Vendors as a safety precaution. Please remember that as of now there has been no evidence of the contaminte comming from the shipper on this that our industry has been informed of yet. Contamination can occur at any stage of the supply chain from the farm to delivery truck bringing it to the store selling it to the public.

      April 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
  8. Produce Guy

    If you are going to report the news please do so properly. THERE HAS YET TO BE A RECALL. To get the real information please read. STORIES LIKE THIS SHOULD BE RESEARCHED BEFORE THEY ARE PUBLISHED.

    April 26, 2013 at 10:47 am |
    • RichardHead@Produce Guy

      Reading comprehension seems to have Failed you. No where in this article does it state that a Recall has been announced against these two companies. Do your Research and reread an article before posting.

      April 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
      • produce gal

        Richard, Seems you might be the one who can't read. Here is the headline on CNN.
        Salmonella outbreak prompts cucumber recall
        Don't be so rude!

        April 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
    • produce gal

      Richard, Seems you might be the one who can't read. Here is the headline on CNN.
      I sent this to Richard Cranium as he is the ill informed one..
      Salmonella outbreak prompts cucumber recall
      Don't be so rude!"
      Did you see the latest FDA: Update To 4/26/13 Announcement Regarding Cucumbers Currently On The Market From Daniel Cardenas Izabal And Miracle Greenhouse
      [FDA 4/26/13 17:19]
      There is no evidence that cucumbers currently on the market from Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse are associated with the outbreak.

      April 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
  9. Gabi Rossi

    This sucks, not taking any chances, better safe than sorry.

    RIP cucumber in the trash you go!

    April 26, 2013 at 10:14 am |
  10. gemini232006

    Reblogged this on Pesky Apron Strings and commented:
    Ooo Boy

    April 26, 2013 at 5:27 am |
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