Salmonella Fears Prompt 9-State Cucumber Recall

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:41 PM

Fears of salmonella poisoning from cucumbers have prompted a grower to recall 1,600 cartons of the salad vegetable nationwide.

But North Carolina-based L&M Corporation warns that nearly all of the cukes have already been sold, so they are likely to be already in consumers’ refrigerators, WebMD.com reports.

Now customers are being urged to contact the store where they bought the cucumbers to see if they are among those affected by the recall.

L&M says the cucumbers were harvested in Florida on March 29. Because of the vegetable’s limited shelf life, they are unlikely to still be on sale. The bacterium was detected during routine testing.

The company says they were shipped to nine states with the largest number going to Florida. Other affected states are Mississippi, New York, Illinois, Wyoming, Nebraska, Indiana, Tennessee, and Texas. But some could have been sent to other states by distributors.

No cases of salmonella poisoning have yet been linked to the cucumbers. The bug causes fever, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, which generally takes 48 to 72 hours to develop and can last anywhere between four and 10 days. Annually, around 30 Americans, mainly the very young and elderly, die from infection brought on by salmonella poisoning.

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