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Cucumbers recalled in Ohio, other states, due to salmonella

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If you’ve recently purchased cucumbers, beware. They may be infected with salmonella.

Here’s what you need to know.

Food and Drug Administration: Cucumbers recalled due to salmonella concerns

According to the Food and Drug Administration, Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc. from Delray, Florida, is returning cucumbers that were shipped to Ohio and thirteen other states due to contamination concerns. The recalled vegetables were shipped to distribution centers, wholesalers and foodservice distributors between May 17 and 21, packaged in bulk cartons.

Ohio is one of the states included in the cucumber recall

States involved in the recall are:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

FDA is investigating whether recall is linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened 141 people

According to the FDA, the recall was initiated after the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture notified Fresh Start Produce 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.

At least 141 people have been sickened by an outbreak of Salmonella Africana, according to Food Safety News. The FDA is investigating but has not disclosed where the infections occurred.

Symptoms of salmonella and when to see a doctor

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contaminated food is the source of most cases of salmonella. Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fever, and begin anywhere between six hours and six days after the infection. Symptoms can last between four and seven days.

The CDC recommends calling a doctor if you have diarrhea accompanied by a fever over 102 degrees, if you have bloody diarrhea, or if the diarrhea has not improved in three days.

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