Cucumbers linked to food poisoning outbreak---73 get salmonella
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RIO RICO, Ariz (KGUN9-TV) - If you had what seemed like a fine, healthy salad---then spent the next few days keeping one eye on the bathroom, this could be why.
Food safety investigators think cucumbers tainted with salmonella made it into our food supply.
Cucumbers from the Tricar packing plant in Rio Rico go all over the country. Now, the company and the government are working to find out why cucumbers that passed through the plant may be linked to Salmonella poisoning.
For salad lovers, cucumbers are usually a crisp, green pleasure. But now the FDA is trying to figure out why some cucumbers seem to be linked to an outbreak of a type of food poisoning with symptoms that range from miserable diarrhea all the way to life threatening.
Howard Druch is one consumer who says, "It's scary. The chance you might get sick with salmonella. That's not anything anybody wants to confront."
The FDA thinks the illness may be from two farms in Culiacan, Mexico. They send cucumbers to Tricar in Rio Rico.
Investigators say 73 people in 18 states who got salmonella, ate cucumbers.
The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control sent out formal notices which say cucumbers in the stores now are fine because it's been several weeks since the last illness---longer than the shelf life of any cucumber you might have.
That backs up what Rod Sbragia of Tricar is saying.
"According to the reports from the FDA and the CDC the product that was in question is no longer on the market in their opinion."
Rincon Market never stocked cucumbers from Tricar or the farms in question but manager John Abbott says distributors are great about warning stores before trouble makes in into your shopping cart.
"Most of the distributors have a plan in place for problems like this and they're pretty good about following through with it."
Now the farms that supply this distributor need FDA clearance before they can send cucumbers across the border.
Even if the cucumbers in question were still in the stores, you'd have to depend on your grocer to identify and remove them. The distributor says there's nothing like a distinctive sticker that would help you identify where a cucumber is from.