San Diego import company Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce (A&W) is likely source; consumers are advised to avoid cucumbers grown in Mexico
September 4, 2015 (San Diego)--A 99-year-old San Diego woman who died on Aug. 17 is part of a national outbreak of salmonella Poona that has been linked to imported cucumbers, the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) announced today. A San Diego-based importer of cucumbers from Mexico has been identified as the likely source.
The woman, 15 other San Diego residents and three visitors to the county are part of a multi-state outbreak of salmonella Poona, which has sickened 285 people in 27 states according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of the reported illnesses occurred in August. However the outbreak is ongoing and more cases are being reported. Approximately one-third of those who were ill have been hospitalized and the San Diego resident is the only reported death.