According to Texas State health officials, there is a second victim in the Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce cucumber outbreak. This victim was a resident of Texas and believed to have an underlying medical condition. The death is the second death in the dangerous Salmonella Poona outbreak sweeping the nation, which according to the CDC and the FDA, has been caused by cucumbers that originated in Baja California and were imported for bulk distribution under the label Limited Edition.
So far the official count is 341 victims in 30 states. This death is the second, following the death of an elderly woman in San Diego, CA on August 17th. About one in three of the victims is requiring hospitalization, and just over half of the victims are children (53%). The victims come from the following states: Alaska (9), Arizona (66), Arkansas (6), California (72), Colorado (14), Hawaii (1), Idaho (8), Illinois (6), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (4), Minnesota (12), Missouri (8), Montana (10), Nebraska (2), Nevada (7), New Mexico (18), New York (4), North Dakota (1), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (8), Oregon (8), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (7), Texas (18), Utah (30), Virginia (1), Washington (10), Wisconsin (2), and Wyoming (3).
In a statement released by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, and bearing the name Dave Murray, the company states: “Since we were first notified of this situation by health officials, A&W has been cooperating with the government agencies involved in investigating the ongoing Salmonella Poona outbreak and have been working non-stop in response to determine if, and how, our cucumbers are involved in the outbreak. Our first priority has been to ensure consumers are protected, so we have issued a voluntary recall of our Limited Edition label cucumbers. Every effort has been taken to remove this product from the market and we have stopped all harvesting and packing operations at the grower’s facility.”The company also claims to have had extensive conversations with its retail customers concerning the recall.
Recall Reaches Alaska: Tainted Cucumbers Used to Make Sandwiches
The massive recall of Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce cucumbers has now led to Safeway and Carrs’ stores recalling may of their made-to-order sandwiches that contained the tainted cucumbers. The locations specifically affected by the recall include the Carrs at 1725 Abbott Rd., Anchorage, AK 99507; Carrs at 1650 W Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99517; Carrs at 5600 Debarr Rd., Anchorage, AK 99504; Carrs at 1340 Gambell St., Anchorage, AK 99501; Carrs at 1501 Huffman Rd., Anchorage, AK 99515; the Safeway at 1907 Seward Hwy., Seward, AK 99664; Safeway at 1313 Meals St., Valdez, AK 99686; Safeway at 90 Sterling Hwy., Homer, AK 99603; and the Safeway at 301 N Santa Claus Ln., North Pole, AK 99705.
For more information about this outbreak, or to file a Texas Cucumber Lawsuit, call the Salmonella Lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates at 1-888-335-4901.