Cucumbers from Thomas Produce may be contaminated with Salmonella!

Many people enjoy a salad with their meal. However, if you live in FL or GA, we would like you to stay away from pre-packed salads. Even if you make your salad at home, then make sure that it does not have any cucumbers in them. This is because Thomas Produce Company of Boca Raton, FL, one of the leading suppliers of cucumbers in FL and GA has recalled 174 bulk-packed boxes of this product. The recall was issued after the FDA tested a random sample of cucumbers supplied by this company and saw that it contained salmonella.

Thomas Produce Company is stating that cucumbers from the contaminated lots were sold to their distributors on December 15 and December 16, 2015. The company has also stated that they have informed all their distributors about the recall. However at the time of this post, we are not aware as to whether all cucumbers from the contaminated lots have been removed from the store shelves or not. Thankfully, there have not been any reported illnesses that were caused by these cucumbers.

The salmonella bacteria can be divided into two major species, namely Salmonella bongori and Salmonella enterica. Salmonella enterica can be further sub-divided into six  sub-species, namely, entericasalamaearizonaediazonaehoutenase and indica. S. bongori is typically found in the intestines of cold-blooded animals like reptiles, while S. enterica with all its different sub-species cause an intestinal infection known as salmonellosis in cold or warm-blooded animals, including humans. Although it is incredibly rare, S. bongori can affect humans as well, as seen in this unique case in Sicily.

People suffering from salmonellosis will display the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea, which at times may contain blood
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Fever

If left untreated, things can take a turn for the worse. In advanced cases, the affected people may also start suffering from:

  • Arterial infections
  • Endocarditis
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle pain
  • Eye irritation
  • Urinary tract symptoms

If you have had salads in general or cucumbers in particular, and are showing any of the symptoms of salmonellosis, we would suggest that you consult your physician right away!

Thomas Produce Company is saying that people who purchased cucumbers from the recalled lots should return it at the place of purchase for a full refund. However, let’s be honest, cucumbers aren’t that expensive to begin with and finding out whether they are from the recalled lot or not would be a painstaking task. Hence, if I were you, I would simply bin any cucumbers laying in the fridge and would refrain from purchasing any in the immediate future. If you have any further questions or concerns about the recall, you may contact Richard Wilson, Compliance Director of Thomas Produce Company at +1 (561) 482-1111, Monday through Friday between 09:00 AM and 04:30 PM (EST).