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Cucumbers imported from Mexico have been linked to a recent Salmonella outbreak. An alert has been issued on all cucumbers originating from Rancho Don Juanito de R.L. De C.V. located in Baja, Mexico and the situation is currently being investigated. San-Diego based Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce announced a voluntary recall on their purchased cucumbers. Cucumbers sold under the label Limited Edition between the dates of August 1 and September 3rd are being recalled. Custom Produce Sales has also voluntarily recalled all cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy label sold August 1st. This outbreak has already been the cause of more than 150 hospitalized patients and four deaths.

The Limited Edition cucumbers have been the cause of sickness in 35 states and have been distributed in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.

This is not the only outbreak of Salmonella in recent years. Investigations have been going on to find a link between Salmonella and pork. According to the CDC, as of August 27, 2015, 152 people infected with the outbreak strains of salmonella related to pork. Another salmonella outbreak caused a recall in October 2015. Aspen Foods issued an expanded recall of frozen, raw, stuffed, and breaded chicken products that may look ready-to-eat.

Be cautious: foodborne illnesses sometimes do not require treatment and will go away on their own, but salmonella can be deadly. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and stomach pains. Elderly folks and people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to these illnesses. Do not hesitate to seek medical treatment; it could be the difference between life and death. Be very cautious and watch for daily updates on these outbreaks and how to avoid them.

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