Recall on Cucumbers across 14 States Owing to Salmonella Fears

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A key recall on cucumbers has been set in motion due to possible salmonella stretch. Initiated by Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc., based out of Delray, Florida, the decision affects cucumbers distributed from May 17 to May 21. The recall was triggered as a precautionary step after Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture discovered a sample positive for the bacteria.


Recall Facts

Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc. is pulling back cucumbers that were sent out in bulk packaging to an array of retail distribution centers, wholesalers, and contributors dealing with food services. The states hit by this recall encompass,

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


Customer Steps

Customers who recently bought cucumbers should check if their place of purchase sold the recalled cucumbers. Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc. is working with its direct customers to have the recalled products removed from sale and is cooperating with the FDA to ensure a transparent recall process that keeps consumers informed.


What to do if you’ve purchased recalled cucumbers

Don’t eat them. Destroy and throw away or return them where you bought them for reimbursement. For queries about this recall, contact Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc at 18883642993.


The Health Risks of Salmonella

This bacterium can cause serious possibly life-threatening infections particularly in children’s elderly people or those with weakened immune systems. A typical salmonella infection includes, Fever Diarrhea, Nausea, Pukes, Stomachache. In rare cases, salmonella can cause diseases like arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis if the bacteria enter the blood.


Symptoms and Cure

After eating the bacteria, symptoms of a salmonella infection usually appear within six hours to six days and may persist between four and seven days. Most people recover without treatment but in severe cases, hospitalization may be needed.

It’s recommended to see a doctor if you, have diarrhea alongside fever above 102 degrees Fahrenheit have severe diarrhea, experiencing diarrhea for over three days without improvement, can’t keep down liquids due to frequent vomiting, notice signs of dehydration dry mouth or throat scanty urination dizzy spells when standing up.


Current Investigation

The FDA is carrying out a detailed genomic study to find out if the recalled cucumbers are linked to an ongoing salmonella outbreak that’s already affected at least 141 people. Although specifics about these infections’ locations aren’t available yet the study aims to detect any possible connections.


How To Protect Against Salmonella Infections

FDA and CDC suggest various steps you can take like, washing hands after handling raw meat or seafood using restroom, changing diapers or touching pets. Preventing cross contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood away from other food inside your refrigerator. Making sure food is thoroughly cooked. Putting perishable foods in the fridge promptly within two hours.

For further information about this recall call Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc. at 18883642993 OR for details about Salmonella or general food safety visit FDA or CDC online.


The Effects Risks and Avoidance Tips for Salmonella

Salmonella is a GI tract bacterium in humans and animals excreted via feces that can infect food or water causing, Diarrhea, Stomach cramps, Fever, Nausea, Pukes Chills, Headache, Blood in stool While symptoms normally last a few days to a week healthy people can usually recover without specific treatment but those with weakened immune systems might face severe diseases. Severe diarrhea can cause dehydration needing medical help and if the infection spreads out of the intestines it can be fatal.

Prevention Suggestions

The USDA supervises inspection and testing programs to minimize salmonella infections in the US. To avoid these infections, wash your hands well after using restroom, changing diapers, handling raw meat or petting animals.

  • Separate raw meat from other food.
  • Check that all meat is cooked thoroughly.

Refrigerate perishable foods quickly to inhibit bacterial growth. Do not eat raw or poorly cooked eggs. Stay away from foods that contain uncooked eggs, like homemade cookie dough or mayonnaise.


Final Thoughts

Cucumber recall due to possible salmonella infection risk is a major problem. Users must act quickly, cross verify their cucumbers and respect the safety guidelines provided. Being updated and adhering to safe food prep rules can help guard against food related diseases like salmonella for you and your family. If you have any recalled cucumbers, avoid eating them and reach out to Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc. for additional help.

Celina Brooks

Celina Brooks from Mussoorie is a Writer & Researcher. She earned her Engineering degree in IT from Rutgers University. She is a technology enthusiast but loves writing and talking about local news as well. She is a jolly person with 2 children.

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