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Cucumbers recalled in 14 states, including Pa.: What you need to know

Patriot-News - 6/3/2024

Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc. of Delray, Florida, accounted that it is recalling whole cucumbers that were shipped to 14 states, including Pennsylvania, due to the possibility that they have been contaminated with salmonella.

The cucumbers were shipped between May 17 and 21 to retail distribution centers, wholesalers, and food service distributors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, according to the federal Food and Drug Administration.

The cucumbers are dark green in appearance, approximately 1.5 - 2 inches in diameter, and between 5-9 inches long. Mini cucumbers and English cucumbers are not included in this recall.

Fresh Start initiated the recall after the Pa. Department of Agriculture informed the company that a product sample tested positive for salmonella.

Anyone who has the recalled cucumbers in their home should not consume them but instead destroy and discard them or return them to where they bought them for a refund.

Consumers should check with their retailer or place of purchase to determine whether the recalled cucumbers were sold where they shop.

Salmonella can lead to fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy people who contract Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare cases, it can get into the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses like arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

Anyone with questions can contact Fresh Start between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (EDT) Monday through Friday at 888-364-2993.

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