Residents of Alabama, please be aware that Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc. of Delray, Florida, has issued an urgent recall for whole cucumbers shipped to several states, including Alabama, between May 17th and May 21st, 2024. These cucumbers have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, a dangerous bacterium that can cause serious illness.

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Salmonella infection can be particularly severe and sometimes fatal for young children, the elderly, and individuals with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella typically experience symptoms such as fever, diarrhea (which can be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In some rare cases, the infection can become more severe, leading to conditions like arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.


Identifying the Recalled Cucumbers

The cucumbers in question are whole, dark green, approximately 1.5 to 2.0 inches in diameter, and 5-9 inches long. It’s important to note that mini cucumbers and English cucumbers are not part of this recall.

Distribution Details

The recalled cucumbers were shipped in bulk cartons directly to retail distribution centers, wholesalers, and food service distributors across multiple states. Alongside Alabama, these states include Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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Action Taken

This recall was prompted after the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture discovered a positive Salmonella sample during routine testing. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently performing whole genome sequencing to determine if this sample is linked to an ongoing Salmonella outbreak investigation.

What Should You Do?

Consumers in Alabama who have purchased whole cucumbers recently should check their produce to ensure they are not part of this recall. If you have these cucumbers, it is advised to dispose of them immediately to prevent any potential health risk.

For more information, stay tuned to updates from local health authorities and the FDA regarding this recall. Your health and safety are paramount, so please take this notice seriously.

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