A recent New York Times article covered the recall of Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce cucumbers imported from Mexico after an outbreak of salmonella has been linked to the crop of produce. The outbreak has affected an estimated 285 consumers across the country, sending a reported 53 to the hospital and killing one elderly woman in San Diego. While salmonella is generally a concern for individuals with weakened immune systems, over half of the patients who have been hospitalized in this outbreak were under the age of 18. Andrew & Williamson has issued a recall of the product in 27 states as a result.
The company pointed to cucumbers originating in northern Mexico that were sold under a “Limited Edition” label between August 1 and September 3, 2015. Wisconsin is among the 27 states to be named in the recall announcement. “The safety and welfare of consumers is the highest priority for our company,” said company president Fred Williamson of the decision to issue a recall.
Individuals affected by salmonella will experience symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps lasting between 12 and 72 hours after the exposure occurs. While some cases may go away without treatment, it is always in your best interest to seek the advice and care of a qualified medical professional if you suspect you have been contaminated with salmonella.