cucumber-salmonella-406Custom 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 and Texas. Unlabeled cucumbers packed into a black reusable plastic container (RPC) and were sold in Nevada, as of Aug. 1, 2015, are also covered by this recall. Fat Boy cucumbers were packed into the following: Cucumber Carton 24’s Fat Boy Label Cucumber Carton Super Select Fat Boy Label Cucumber Carton 6 count Fat Boy Label Cucumber Carton 5 # Fat Boy Label Possible Fat Boy Lot Codes: 93968, 94506, 94550, 94522, 94513, 93991 Reusable Plastic Containers (RPC): Lot Code: (01) 1 0851821 22000 2 (10) 99 Item # 552678329 Custom Produce is currently working with health authorities on this recall, which is associated with an outbreak of Salmonella Poona, with 341 illnesses, including 2 deaths, being reported in as many as 30 states. Custom Produce has contacted all customers who may have received this product. These cucumbers are shipped in a black, green, red and craft colored carton, which reads “Fat Boy Fresh Produce.” 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. Consumers who have purchased Fat Boy brand cucumbers are urged not to consume them and to return them to the place of purchase or to dispose of them. 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 (e.g., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis. (To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click here.)