According to Pima County health officials, a woman has died after eating the Andrew & Williamson cucumbers now linked to 418 illnesses in 31 states. The woman was in a Tucson hospital at the time of her death. The cucumbers, imported from Mexico by the San Diego company are known as American cucumbers, or “slicer” cucumbers, and have been found to be contaminated with Salmonella Poona. A wrongful death lawsuit in the cucumber Salmonella outbreak was filed last week by food poisoning lawyer Ron Simon in federal court on behalf of a San Diego victim who also died. A third Salmonella victim has reportedly died in Texas. According to Dr. Francisco Garcia, the director of the health department investigating the Arizona woman’s death, the passing of the Tucson woman is a saddening reminder of the devastating impact food poisoning can have on society’s most vulnerable individuals. The San Diego victim, on behalf of whom Ron Simon & Associates filed the wrongful death lawsuit in the cucumber Salmonella outbreak, was elderly, while both the Texas and Tucson victims reportedly had underlying health concerns.
According to Ron Simon, a wrongful death lawsuit in the cucumber Salmonella outbreak is justified even when the victims have preexisting or underlying health concerns. “A person who is elderly or sick still needs to eat, and eating healthy foods like cucumbers is an important part of that person’s diet. American’s should have complete confidence in the safety of the food they purchase and eat. That is why we have well-established good manufacturing practices and safe food handling standards.” Simon added that he will use discovery in the wrongful death lawsuit in the cucumber Salmonella outbreak he has already filed to identify where those practices broke down.
If you or a loved one became ill in the cucumber Salmonella outbreak, call the Salmonella Claim Center at 1-888-335-4901.