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FDA Ramping Up Microbiological Sampling of Cucumbers, Hot Peppers


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasing its microbiological testing of cucumbers and hot peppers, two vegetables that have been linked with several foodborne outbreaks. The agency has a more robust surveillance sampling approach under development, and one piece of it is the new microbiological surveillance sampling model designed to identify patterns that could… Continue Reading

CDC: 838 Salmonella Cases in 38 States Linked to Imported Cucumbers

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The latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that, as of Nov. 18, 2015, 838 people from 38 states have reportedly been infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico. That is an increase of 71 cases since the last update on Oct. 14,… Continue Reading

German Court: Compensate Cucumber Grower Wrongly Accused in E. Coli Outbreak

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A court in Hamburg, Germany, has decided that a Spanish vegetable grower and distributor should be compensated for losses sustained after its cucumbers were wrongly named as the likely source of a 2011 outbreak of the rare and deadly E. coli O104:H4. Near the peak of the outbreak that eventually sickened 4,075 and caused 50 deaths… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 4 Deaths, 767 Salmonella Cases in 36 States Linked to Cucumbers

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Oct. 14 update: CDC has again updated the Salmonella Poona outbreak linked to imported Mexican cucumbers. The latest case count is 767 people infected from 36 states (the state added to the list is Florida). There have been 157 hospitalizations so far, the agency stated. The Oct. 14 CDC update continues: Since the last update on… Continue Reading

ICYMI: Last PCA Sentences, Animal Antibiotics, Contaminated Cukes


In case you missed it, here are some of the top food safety stories from last week: PCA Sentencing: The final two defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America case, Daniel Kilgore and Samuel Lightsey, were sentenced Thursday, Oct. 1, in Albany, GA, to six and three years in prison, respectively. The two men made… Continue Reading

Cucumber Producer Will Donate to Food Safety Education Campaign

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Andrew & Williamson, the San Diego-based company linked to a Salmonella Poona outbreak that has sickened 558 people and killed three, recently announced that it intends to donate to a STOP Foodborne Illness campaign to educate emergency room doctors about foodborne illness. David Murray, a partner at Andrew & Williamson, said in a statement that everyone at… Continue Reading

Custom Produce Recalls Cucumbers Connected to Salmonella Outbreak


Custom Produce Sales of Parlier, CA, is voluntarily recalling all cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy label starting Aug. 1, 2015, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella and are covered by an ongoing recall. Fat Boy cucumbers were produced in Baja California, Mexico, and distributed in the states of California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma… Continue Reading

Deli Sandwiches With Cucumbers Sold in Alaska Safeway and Carrs Stores Recalled


In cooperation with the Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce recall of cucumbers that may be contaminated with Salmonella Poona, Safeway is voluntarily recalling made-to-order deli sandwiches with cucumbers produced by Andrew & Williamson and sold in nine Safeway and Carrs stores in Alaska. No illnesses have been associated with Safeway or Carrs sandwiches. Safeway stated… Continue Reading

Field Cucumbers Recalled From Five Canadian Retail Stores for Salmonella Risk

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According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Overwaitea Food Group, a supermarket operator based in Langley, BC, is recalling field cucumbers purchased from Save On Foods, PriceSmart Foods, Coopers Foods, Overwaitea, and Freson Brothers due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. This recall applies to fresh field… Continue Reading

First Suit Filed in Outbreak Linked to Salmonella-Tainted Cucumbers


A Minnesota woman who says she was sickened by Salmonella-tainted cucumbers is suing the San Diego-based produce company which imported and distributed them. Marler Clark, the Seattle-based food safety law firm, has filed a lawsuit against Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce Inc. on behalf Kathleen R. Dvergsten, a resident of Farmington, MN. (Marler Clark underwrites Food… Continue Reading