The summer of Salmonella continues. A massive outbreak of the bacteria caused by tainted cucumbers has reached 30 states, the Center for Disease Control announced in a report, and 341 people have been infected. That's 56 more people than in the CDC's previous report released on September 4. The outbreak has resulted in 70 hospitalizations and two deaths.
Cucumbers sold by San Diego-based Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce have been recalled, and production and harvest of the crops, which are grown in Mexico, has been halted. Sold under the Limited Edition label, the cucumbers are available in major grocery stores such as Kroger, Walmart, HEB, and Safeway. They are also used in dishes served at national restaurant chains, including Red Lobster and In-N-Out. At least two lawsuits related to the outbreak have been filed: one against Andrew and Williamson and another against the distributor and Red Lobster.
This isn't the first multi-state Salmonella issue this year. In May, an outbreak across nine states was linked to raw tuna used in sushi sold in grocery stores and at a number of restaurants. Fifty-three people fell ill and 10 were hospitalized. In June, a North Carolina barbecue restaurant was deemed to be responsible for an outbreak that sickened more than 200 people.