Here’s what you should know about the cucumber recall

Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc. is recalling whole cucumbers shipped to 14 states from May 17 to May 21 because they may have been contaminated with salmonella.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a notice from the Florida-based company on Saturday. The company said in the news release that the recalled cucumbers were shipped in bulk cardboard boxes to retail distribution centers, wholesalers and food service distributions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. , South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The recalled cucumbers are dark green, with a diameter of about 1.5 to 2 inches and a length of about 5 to 9 inches, according to Fresh Start Produce Sales. The recall does not include mini cucumbers or English cucumbers.

“The recall was initiated after the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture informed the company that a sample of the product tested positive for the bacteria,” Fresh Start Produce Sales said in the news release. “The FDA is conducting whole genome sequencing to determine if this sample is related to an ongoing investigation into a Salmonella outbreak.”

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According to the company, salmonella is a bacteria that can cause serious and even fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with the bacteria may develop fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

In rare situations, salmonella can enter the bloodstream and cause more serious illnesses, such as infected aneurysms, endocarditis and arthritis, according to Fresh Start Produce Sales.

The company said the recalled cucumbers are unlikely to be on the market. Still, the company advised anyone who had the recalled cucumbers not to eat them, but rather to destroy them, throw them away or return them to the place where they were purchased for a refund. The company also suggested that people check with their retailer to find out if the recalled cucumbers were sold there.

Fresh Start Produces Sales has already notified customers who received the recalled cucumbers directly from the company and asked them to remove them from their shelves.

Customers with questions about the recall can contact Fresh Start Produce Sales at 1-888-364-2993.

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