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Cucumbers recalled in 14 states due to Salmonella concerns

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The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday announced a recall of cucumbers possibly contaminated with Salmonella.

Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc. of Delray, Florida is recalling cucumbers shipped to wholesalers and distributors in 14 states between May 17 and 21, 2024.

States the cucumbers were shipped in include:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

The recall was initiated after the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture notified the company that a product sample tested positive for Salmonella. The FDA is testing affected products to see if there is a link to ongoing outbreaks.

Consumers are advised to check with their grocer to see if the recalled cucumbers were sold there, although the FDA says it is unlikely the affected products made it into supermarkets.

Symptoms and treatment of salmonella disease

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA. The signs of salmonella poisoning include:

  • Bloody diarrhea or diarrhea that lasts more than three days without improvement
  • Diarrhea and fever above 102 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Excessive vomiting, especially if it keeps you from keeping fluids down
  • Signs of dehydration, including dry mouth and throat, infrequent urination and feeling dizzy when standing up
  • Stomach cramps

These symptoms usually occur between six hours and six days after exposure. Although most people recover within four to seven days, people with weakened immune systems, including children under age 5 and adults over age 65, may experience more severe symptoms that require medical treatment or hospitalization.

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