SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce (“A&W”) of San Diego, California is
voluntarily recalling all cucumbers sold under the Limited Edition®
label during the period from August 1, 2015 through September 3, 2015
because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.
A&W is currently working with health authorities to determine if, in
fact, this product is the source of an outbreak of Salmonella
with illnesses being reporting in as many as 27 states. In the meantime,
out of an abundance of caution, the company is taking all actions
necessary to prevent further consumption of potentially affected
products. These actions include this voluntary recall and all harvesting
and packing of cucumbers with the potential to be linked to this
outbreak have been stopped until further information is known. A&W has
also contacted all customers who may have received this product so that
product in marketing channels can be removed.
“The safety and welfare of consumers is our highest priority. Our
thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been sickened in this
outbreak,” said Fred Williamson, President and CEO. “We are taking all
precautions possible to prevent further consumption of this product and
are working to learn if and how these cucumbers are involved in this
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal
infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with
weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often
experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and
abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can
result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more
severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms),
endocarditis, and arthritis.
Limited Edition® cucumbers were produced in Baja California and
distributed in the states of Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California,
Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada,
Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah and reached customers
through retail, food service companies, wholesalers, and brokers.
These cucumbers are shipped in a black, green, yellow, and craft colored
carton which reads “Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers.” This variety
is often referred to as a “Slicer” or “American” cucumber. It has a dark
green color. It typically has a length of 7 to 10 inches and a diameter
of 1.75 to 2.5 inches. In retail it is typically sold in a bulk display
without any individual packaging or plastic wrapping. In food service it
is typically served as part of a salad.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 285 cases of Salmonella
Poona have been reported to date in 27 states.
Consumers who have purchased Limited Edition® brand cucumbers are urged
not to consume them and to return them to the place of purchase for a
full refund or to dispose of them. Consumers with questions may contact
Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce by visiting the company website at www.andrew-williamson.com
or by calling the company at (844) 483-3864.
for Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce
Dave Murray, 619-661-6004