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A Florid company’s recalled cucumbers may be linked to a salmonella outbreak

Whole cucumbers from a Delray Beach company have been recalled and are being investigated for a possible link to a current 141-illness Salmonella outbreak.

The Fresh Start Produce Sales recall notice posted by the FDA says the whole cucumbers — not mini cucumbers or English cucumbers — were 1.5 to 2 inches round and 5 to 9 inches long. From May 17 to 21, the cucumbers went to distributors in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has found salmonella in a cucumber, according to a report from Fresh Start. The FDA is investigating whether this is “related to an ongoing investigation into the salmonella outbreak.”

Boxes of Fresh Start Produce Sales cucumbersBoxes of Fresh Start Produce Sales cucumbers

Boxes of Fresh Start Produce Sales cucumbers

As food safety attorney Bill Marler first noted, the only salmonella outbreak on the FDA’s active investigation list is a salmonella africana outbreak that has sickened 141 people and has not yet been determined to be linked to food.

According to the CDC, about 1.35 million people in the United States become sick from salmonella each year. The diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever usually last four to seven days. In approximately 26,500 people, the diarrhea is so bad that hospitalization is required. About 420 people die every year from the foodborne illness.

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