|Cucumbers recalled after salmonella outbreak in 27 states|
SAN DIEGO (AP) - a California company is recalling its cucumber after a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 285 people in 27 states and killed a woman San Diego.
Andrew & Williamson fresh products in San Diego on Friday voluntarily recalled its "limited edition" of the brand garden cucumbers, that was grown in Mexico.
Health officials say that the cucumbers are the most likely cause of hundreds of diseases since July 3 Aug 17 and the death of 99-years of age.
Half of the people who are sick are under the age of 18 years.Cucumbers were distributed in 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.
The company said it is working with health officials to determine if their products are the source of the outbreak, and undertook the voluntary withdrawal of caution.
"The safety and health of consumers who buy our products have always been a priority for us," Dave Murray, a partner in the company, said in a telephone interview. "I bring our products home with my family, because I believe in the products we buy, sell and ship. We have invested millions to make sure that our food safety systems and are effective to date." Washington
state health officials say nine residents has been sick since the cucumber of outbreak of salmonella. Three cases have been reported in Oregon, according to the federal centers for disease control.
In Idaho, health officials say eight residents have gotten sick. One of them was hospitalized, but has recovered. Idaho officials are investigating other possible six cases linked to the outbreak.
No one in the state of Washington has been hospitalized. The cases are in Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Thurston and Yakima counties.
A total of 66 cases of salmonella linked to cucumbers have been reported in six counties of the State of Arizona. About 75 percent of the cases are children under the age of 17.
Some people have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths.
Department of Health Services for the State of Arizona officials say 66 cases, 49 are located in Maricopa County, 10 in Pima County, one in Apache County and two cases each of Coconino, Pinal, and Yuma counties.