In the last month a total of 276 Hemolytic Uremic syndrome (HUS) cases had been confirmed in Germany. Over 600 people (mostly women) have been sickened with five deaths. E. coli O104:H4 illnesses have also been reported in Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands. German authorities have identified organic cucumbers from Spain as a source of the outbreak.
In the United States, Giant Eagle announced today that its cucumber supplier has recalled cucumbers due to possible Salmonella contamination. C.W. Hendrix Farms Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla. voluntarily recalled cucumbers distributed from its facility between May 6 and May 13. It wasn’t clear when those cucumbers would have been available in stores.