Today, the U.S. FDA announced that the Thomas Produce Company of Boca Raton, Florida is recalling 174 bulk-packed containers of cucumbers. This product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The cucumbers were reportedly sold to distributors in Florida and Georgia between December 15 and December 16 this year. Notifications have been sent to all distributors selling the possibly contaminated product. The company has ceased production and distribution of the affected lots of cucumbers as the FDA and the company continue their investigation.
The fresh, whole, green cucumbers were sold in 166 cardboard bushel boxes, with one of the following lot numbers: 1554311JDNK, 1554311HDNK, and 15143115DNK. These cucumbers were also distributed in eight bulk-cardboard bins, tagged with codes 15NKJD-1554311-D, 15NKHD-1554311-D, and 15NK5D-1514311-D. This cucumber recall is due to an isolated instance in which a sample of Thomas Produce cucumbers yielded a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the FDA. Out of an abundance of caution, the company has elected to recall all lots of cucumbers that were packed on the same day.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. Healthy people infected with Salmonella may experience fever, diarrhea, which may be bloody, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. The company urges consumers to not eat the possibly tainted product and either throw it away or return it to place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact Richard Wilson, Compliance Director, of Thomas Produce Company at 1-561-482-1111 Monday through Friday between 9:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. EST.
An earlier outbreak of Salmonella this year in the U.S. was linked to consumption of Mexican imported cucumbers. According to the CDC, there were four deaths and 767 Salmonella cases in 36 states linked to those cucumbers.