North Carolina’s L&M Companies Inc., a produce company that distributes agricultural products throughout the United States, has issued a cucumber recall. Department of Agriculture food inspectors found traces of the Salmonella bacteria in randomly tested cucumber samples in Central Florida. The discovery prompted a voluntary recall of potentially contaminated products, which had been distributed to New York, Indiana, Florida, Illinois, and Tennessee.
While no illnesses have yet been reported, L& Companies’ caution is a necessary procedure. Salmonella can survive for several weeks in a dry environment like those found in cucumber shipments. Roughly 140,000 Americans are infected with Salmonella each year. Of these, about 30 die. Salmonellosis typically effects the intestinal tract and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.
L&M Companies released a statement justifying their nationwide recall stating, “Despite the limited direct distribution of the one recalled lot, L&M Companies is issuing a nationwide recall out of an abundance of caution because the company recognizes the possibility that wholesale customers could have redistributed the product in states beyond those listed above.”
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer