Cucumbers Recalled for Potential Salmonella

L&M Companies, Inc. of Raleigh, North Carolina just issued a recall of one lot—1590 cartons—of whole cucumbers over concern the produce is contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella pathogen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

The recalled cucumbers were directly distributed by L&M Companies between March 30th and April 7th to wholesalers in New York (200 cartons), Florida (591 cartons), Illinois (139 cartons), Indiana (30 cartons), and Tennessee (15 cartons), as well as one retailer with distribution centers in Mississippi (420 cartons), Nebraska (92 cartons), Texas (2 cartons), and Wyoming (101 cartons).

To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this cucumber recall, and no other products are involved; however, it is important to note that foodborne illnesses can take some time to manifest and may be reported in the future.

L&M Companies noted that it recognizes that wholesale customers could have redistributed the product in states beyond those listed above.

The recalled lot of bulk cucumbers was harvested in South Florida on March 29th and, according to USDA’s Quick Reference for Market Inspectors, cucumbers typically maintain an edible quality for 10-14 days after harvest. The company has accounted for the entire lot of the recalled product and requested that customers with the recalled cucumbers in inventory to remove it from commerce and destroy it immediately.

The recalled bulk cartons are marked Nature’s Delight and contain Lot # PL-RID-002990 on the side of the carton. Only this one lot is being recalled.

The recall comes after the FDA informed the company that Salmonella had been found on a randomly selected sample of cucumbers in a cooler at Four Seasons Produce of Central Florida, Inc. on April 13th. The company is working, in coordination with the FDA, to inform customers and consumers of this recall.

Consumers who think they may have the recalled product in their possession should not consume it and should contact the place of purchase to determine if their cucumber is included in this recall. L&M Companies can be reached at 1.919.981.8003, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Salmonella-contaminated food may not look or smell spoiled; however, consumption of food contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria may cause Salmonella infection, known as salmonellosis. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people infected with Salmonella usually experience symptoms beginning 12 to 72 hours after consuming a contaminated food or beverage.

Symptoms include fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea and usually last 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without antibiotic treatment; however, the diarrhea can be severe, and hospitalization may be required.

The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems may have a more serious illness and symptoms. In these patients, the infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites, and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

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