Safeway recalls cucumbers over salmonella risk
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Sep 08, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Safeway recalls cucumbers over salmonella risk

Stores in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia pull cukes and cucumber products


Safeway is recalling field cucumbers and products that contain cucumbers because of the risk of salmonella related to a U.S. outbreak that has sickened 285 people in 27 states.

The Canadian recall covers Safeway grocery stores in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

No illness has been reported in Canada from contaminated cucumbers, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency reports.

The recall covers fresh field cucumbers and in-store products that contain cucumbers, including Greek salad, vegetable trays, sushi and sandwiches bought at Safeway on or before Sunday.

The recall was triggered by a recall in California involving Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego which announced a recall of its “Limited Edition” brand cucumbers on Friday.

In the United States, salmonella poisoning from contaminated cucumbers was suspected in 60 cases in Arizona, 51 in California and three in Louisiana, authorities said.

A 99-year-old California woman died, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Authorities say the cucumbers also were distributed in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.

Andrew & Williamson said it is working with health officials to determine if its products are the source of the outbreak, and it undertook the voluntary recall out of caution.

Louisiana’s health department said Red Lobster restaurants in Louisiana disposed of the cucumbers Friday.

Whole Foods Market national spokesman Michael Silverman wrote in an email Sunday night, “We did and do not carry the cucumbers at issue in this recall.”

- With files from Associated Press

Toronto Star

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