Fresh Start Cucumber Salmonella Recall [Updated]

Updated June 12 with outbreak information – A cucumber Salmonella recall has been linked to an ongoing outbreak. On May 31, Fresh Start Produce of Delray, FL issued the recall after the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture found Salmonella in a sample from a cucumber purchased at a grocery store. Genetic tests are now being conducted on that Salmonella strain to see if it matches one linked to an ongoing Salmonella outbreak.

Cucumber Salmonella Recall, Outbreak

Cucumber Salmonella Recall

The recalled cucumbers are:

  • Dark green
  • Approximately 1.5 – 2.0 inches in diameter
  • 5 – 9 inches long
  • Mini cucumbers and English cucumbers are not included in this recall.

The recalled cucumbers were shipped in bulk cartons from May 17 to May 21, 2024.

Which Stores Sold Recalled Cucumbers?

The recalled cucumbers were sold by several retailers including Food Lion stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. However, the cucumbers were shipped to 14 states and the outbreak investigation has identified cases in:

  • The District of Columbia
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Cucumbers are Commonly Linked to Salmonella Outbreaks:

2018 Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

In 2018, a Salmonella outbreak likely linked to English cucumbers sold at Costco sickened six people in Washington. At least 45 people in Canada were sickened.

Deadly 2015 Cucumber Salmonella Poona Outbreak

In 2015, cucumbers imported from Mexico were linked to a Salmonella Poona outbreak that sickened 907 people. More than 200 people were hospitalized, six of them died. The illnesses were reported in 40 states between July 3, 2015, and February 29, 2016.

Deadly 2014 Cucumber Salmonella Newport Outbreak

In 2014, a cucumber Salmonella Newport outbreak sickened 275 people from 29 states and Washington D.C. The grower, whose name was not released, was located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. About one-third of the patients were hospitalized, one person died.

2013 Cumber Salmonella Saintpaul Outbreak

In 2013, cucumbers imported from Mexico were linked to an 18-state Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that sickened 84 people, 17 people were hospitalized.

Ongoing Salmonella Outbreaks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been investigating a Salmonella Africana outbreak linked to cucumbers. But there may also be a cucumber link to a second strain called Salmonella Braenderup which has sickened an additional 185 people over a similar time period as the Salmonella Africana outbreak.

Experienced Salmonella Lawyers

If you developed a Salmonella infection after eating contaminated cucumbers and would like a free consultation with a Salmonella lawyer, please contact the Pritzker Hageman Salmonella Legal Team. Our attorneys have represented clients in every major Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. Call us at  1-888-377-8900, text 612-261-0856, or complete the form below. There is no obligation and we don’t get paid unless we win.

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