UPDATE: This recall has been expanded to include Fat Boy brand cucumbers, which may also be contaminated with salmonella, and which were also sold locally in the Greater Houston Area and throughout Texas.
If you are unsure what brand your cucumbers are, call your grocery to see whether they stock the Fat Boy brand of cucumbers. If they do, and you’re still not sure, either throw them away, or you could do something like this.
On September 4, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce voluntarily recalled all Limited Edition brand cucumbers sold between August 1 and September 3, 2015, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. So far, two people have died, including one Texas woman. Over 340 have been infected, and over half of them are children.
Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. They develop 12 to 72 hours after infection, and the illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment, but diarrhea and dehydration may be so severe that hospitalization is necessary.
Children are more vulnerable to Salmonella bacteria. Children younger than five, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to suffer severe, life-threatening infections.
The type of cucumber is often referred to as a “slicer” or “American” cucumber. It is dark green in color and typical length is 7 to 10 inches. In retail locations it is typically sold in a bulk display without any individual packaging or plastic wrapping.
Limited Edition cucumbers were sold throughout Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah, and may have been sold in other states as well.