Imported Mexican Cucumbers Likely Source of Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak


On April 25, 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that at least 73 people from 18 states had become ill with Salmonella infections. By May 8, 2013, 81 Salmonella outbreak victims had been counted.

The likely source of the Salmonella outbreak is imported cucumbers, according to a statement from the CDC.

Cucumbers Suspected Source of Salmonella Outbreak

According to an April 24, 2013 Import Alert issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, cucumbers from two Mexican Firms--Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacan, Mexico--will be denied admission into the U.S. unless the suppliers show they are not contaminated with Salmonella.

Because cucumbers are typically eaten fresh, it is likely that the Salmonella-contaminated cucumbers have already been consumed and are no longer on the market.

Residents of 18 states fell ill with Salmonella infections between January and April, 2013

According to the CDC, residents of Arizona (9), California (28), Colorado (1), Idaho (2), Illinois (3), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (8), Nevada (1), New Mexic0 (2), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Oregon (2), South Dakota (2), Texas (6), Virginia (2), and Wisconsin (2) fell ill with Salmonella infections during the outbreak.

Most illnesses were reported in early March. By reviewing shipping records, with assistance from its partner state agencies, FDA traced cucumbers eaten by six ill people to the distributor, Tricar Sales, Inc., and further, to the suppliers, Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse.

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