Health officials from the State of New Mexico have confirmed that the state is the home of 15 of the nearly 300 victims of Salmonella Poona who ate imported cucumbers from Baja, Mexico. The cucumbers were grown and harvested at Rancho Don Juanito farms and then imported to the U.S. by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce (A&W), a produce company headquartered in San Diego that imports and sells a variety of fruits and vegetables, including “American” or “slicer” cucumbers. The cucumbers are a dark green and about 7 to 10 inches in length, often sold in bulk. A&W sold them in large boxes under the label of Limited Edition®.
Seven of the New Mexico victims reside in Bernalillo County, with another two coming from each of Dona Ana County and Sandoval County. The remaining identified New Mexico victims are from McKinley, Santa Fe and Valencia counties— a fact confirmed by a representative of the New Mexico Department of Health who said the cucumbers had been sent to certain New Mexico restaurants and grocery stores.
The Salmonella Poona outbreak has already led to a number of Salmonella cucumber lawsuits against Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce and the individual retailers involved in other states. In New Mexico, victims of the Salmonella cucumber outbreak also have important legal rights, and can file a New Mexico Salmonella cucumber lawsuit in any of the New Mexico counties in which they purchased the Limited Edition cucumbers. To speak to a Salmonella lawyer about filing a New Mexico Salmonella cucumber lawsuit, call 1-888-335-4901.