Salmonella Cases Linked to Untreated Water from Cucumber Farm

Salmonella Cases Linked to Untreated Water from Cucumber Farm
Salmonella Cases Linked to Untreated Water from Cucumber Farm. Credit | Getty images

United States: U.S. health officials found that untreated water used by a Florida cucumber farm was one source of salmonella that made nearly 450 people sick this spring.

The water had the same bacteria that caused the illnesses in 31 states and Washington, D.C. However, the farm did not supply all the cucumbers linked to the salmonella cases, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Cucumber Recall and Farm’s Role in Outbreak

Fresh Start Produce Sales, located in Delray Beach, Florida, purchased cucumbers from Bedner Growers. After the first illnesses were recorded in late May, the company recalled cucumber crates. According to the FDA, Bedner Growers also provided cucumbers to several locations where sick persons claimed to have purchased or consumed the produce.

Farm’s Response and Safety Practices

According to Steve Bedner, proprietor of Bedner Growers, the canal water was only utilized for subsurface irrigation. The plant sections that were edible were not exposed to water. He continued by saying that this is “a common industry practice” and complies with federal regulations.

Bedner Growers’ cucumber growing and harvesting season is over so, there’s likely no ongoing risk to the public, the FDA noted.

The May recall was issued after a cucumber sample tested by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture was found to be positive for salmonella.

Health Advice and Recall Information

The business advised throwing away or returning any of these cucumbers to the retailer. Customers can reach the company at 888-364-2993, which is open  from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, if they have any more queries.

Within hours or days of eating alloyed food, diarrhea, fever, and stomach pains can all be signs of a salmonella infection. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise that while utmost cases recover with remedy, serious symptoms, bones that worsen, or suggestions of dehumidification should be taken seriously and should be seen by a doctor. People with the compromised vulnerable systems, the senior, and children are more susceptible to serious illness.

“In rare veritably rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can affect in the organism which is getting into the bloodstream and making more severe or serious ails similar as arterial infections i.e., infected aneurysms, endocarditis and arthritis,” the recall notice said