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Fresh Start Produce is recalling cucumbers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 31, 2024 – Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc. BB #:155975 of Delray, Florida, is recalling whole cucumbers shipped to certain states from May 17 through May 21, 2024, due to possible contamination with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, vulnerable or older people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare cases, infection with Salmonella can lead to the organism entering the bloodstream and causing more serious illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

The recalled cucumbers were shipped in bulk boxes to distribution centers, wholesalers and foodservice distributors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Ohio from May 17 through May 21, 2024. , Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The recalled cucumbers are dark green, approximately 1.5 – 2.0 inches in diameter and 5-9 inches long. Mini cucumbers and English cucumbers are not included in this recall.

The recall was initiated after the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture notified the company that a product sample tested positive for the bacteria. The FDA is conducting whole genome sequencing to determine if this sample is related to an ongoing investigation into the Salmonella outbreak.

CONSUMER ACTIONS:
Although these cucumbers are unlikely to reach the market, 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. Consumers should check with their retailer or place of purchase to see if the recalled cucumbers were sold there.

Consumers with additional questions may contact the company at 1-888-364-2993, M-F, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT.

Fresh Start Produce Sales has notified customers who received the recalled product directly from the company and asked them to withdraw it from sale. We have also asked our direct customers to inform their customers of this recall. Fresh Start Produce Sales is issuing this press release and keeping the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed of the recall process to ensure consumers are properly warned.

Company contact details
Consumers:
Fresh Start Produce Sales, Inc.
1-888-364-2993

Media:
Amy Philpott
1-703-472-6615

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