Second Death Confirmed from Tainted Cucumbers in Salmonella Outbreak Across 30 States; 341 Illnesses Thus Far
Health officials in Texas have confirmed a second death in the multistate salmonella outbreak stemming from cucumbers imported from Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce in San Diego, California.
Since the onset of the outbreak, 341 people have been infected across 30 states, and 70 have been hospitalized as a result.
The first victim was a 99-year-old California resident, but 53 percent of the population affected by the outbreak has been under the age of 18, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control.
On Wednesday, September 9, the Texas Department of State Health Services announced that a local woman had died from the outbreak.
Although Andrew & Williamson issued a recall following the discovery of the presence of salmonella in August, food safety lawyer Bill Marler cautioned that “as these cucumbers were sold to restaurants and home cooks, it’s possible the number of illnesses will rise.”
The contaminated cucumbers were distributed to states including Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah, though “further distribution to other states may have occurred,” the CDC warned.
The CDC will continue to provide updates as they become available.