At least nine Washington residents, including one Thurston County resident, have been sickened by a Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico and shipped by a California company, according to the state Department of Health.
Other cases of Salmonella have been reported in Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce and Yakima counties. Nearly 300 cases of Salmonella have been reported in 27 states.
The California Department of Public Health has identified the commercial produce supplier that shipped the cucumbers as Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. The San Diego company has issued a recall.
The cucumbers have been sent to some Washington retailers and the investigation is working to identify them. The public, retailers and food establishments are advised not to eat, sell, or serve these cucumbers. If the source of cucumbers is in doubt, they should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.
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According to the Department of Health, between 600 and 800 cases of salmonella are reported in Washington annually.