Eighteen Washington residents are among more than 550 people who have been sickened in 33 states with Salmonella bacteria likely linked to cucumbers from Mexico, shipped by a California distributor. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has updated recall and consumer advice in the ongoing investigation. CDC is tracking 558 salmonellosis cases and three deaths (one death each in CA, AZ, and TX) caused by the strain of bacteria known as Salmonella Poona.
The Washington Department of Health reports the 18 state residents sickened in the outbreak are from Clark (3 cases), King (5); Kitsap (2); Pierce (3); Snohomish (3); Thurston (1); and Yakima (1). None of the state’s cases were reported to have been hospitalized. State health officials are working with federal and local partners on the disease investigation.
The California Department of Public Health has identified the commercial produce supplier that shipped the products as Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. The San Diego firm has issued a recall. The cucumbers were sent to some Washington retailers and the investigation is working to identify them. Consumers, retailers, and food establishments are advised not to eat, sell, or serve these products. If the source of cucumbers is in doubt, discard them or return them to the place of purchase.