Cucumbers imported from Mexico have been recalled due to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 73 people in 18 states.
The recalled cucumbers have been removed from store shelves and the two firms involved are: Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacan, Mexico. Both were placed on import alert Thursday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The cucumbers were distributed by Tricar Sales Inc. of Rio Rico, Arizona.
The cucumbers from these firms will be denied access to the United States until they can show that they are no longer contaminated with salmonella, including the salmonella Saintpaul strain detected in the current outbreak.
The cucumber recall comes after people got infected from a cluster of Western states, including 28 from California and nine from Arizona. Fourteen people have been hospitalized.
The number of people identified with contaminated Salmonella sickness in each state is as follows: Arizona (9), California (28), Colorado (1), Idaho (2), Illinois (3), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (8), Nevada (1), New Mexic0 (2), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Oregon (2), South Dakota (2), Texas (6), Virginia (2), and Wisconsin (2).
Reports show that illnesses occurred between January 12 and April 6, though more could still be detected due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported.
No one has died in the outbreak, but 27% of the people who got sick have been hospitalized, said Lola Russell, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Those who eat foods that have been contaminated with Salmonella can develop symptoms like abdominal cramps, diarrhea and vomiting within one to three days of consuming the tainted product. Though the illness can last for four to seven days, most people are able to recover without treatment. However, some people may require hospitalization, especially for effects like dehydration.
The CDC said people should always wash produce, especially cucumbers, before eating, cutting or cooking them.