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Cucumber recall in 14 states as a warning to customers

A Florida company is recalling whole cucumbers shipped to 14 states last month because they may have been contaminated with salmonella.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shared the announcement of Fresh Start Produce Sales on its website Saturday.

The Delray-based company said the recalled cucumbers were shipped to distribution centers, wholesalers and foodservice 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 to May 21.

The cucumbers are dark green, have a diameter of about 4.5 to 5 centimeters and are 15 to 25 centimeters long, according to the report. Mini cucumbers and English cucumbers are not included in the recall.

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Stock photo of cucumbers. A Florida company is recalling whole cucumbers shipped to 14 states last month because they may have been contaminated with salmonella.

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The recall was initiated after the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture notified the company that a product sample tested positive for salmonella.

“FDA is conducting whole genome sequencing to determine if this sample is related to an ongoing Salmonella outbreak investigation,” the release said.

The FDA is investigating an outbreak of salmonella africana which has affected at least 141 people, but the product(s) linked to the diseases have not yet been identified.

Salmonella infections can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some people’s illnesses can be severe enough to require hospitalization and in rare cases can be fatal.

“While these cucumbers are unlikely to be found in the marketplace, anyone who has the recalled product should not consume it and should destroy and discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund,” the Fresh Start Produce Sales notice said. said.

“Consumers should check with their retailer or place of purchase to see if the recalled cucumbers were sold there.”

The company said it had directly notified customers who received the recalled product and requested that it be removed from points of sale and commercial operations. The company has also asked its direct customers to notify their customers of the recall.

Anyone needing additional information can contact the company at 1-888-364-2993 Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM ET.

Recalls are usually issued when there is concern that a product may be harmful to consumers in some way, such as if it could be contaminated or if mislabeled products fail to list allergens.

Mince, ice cream and pies have been recalled in recent days due to fears of contamination.