Overwaitea Food Group is recalling field cucumbers purchased from Save On Foods, PriceSmart Foods, Coopers Foods, Overwaitea, and Freson Brothers in B.C. and Alberta, due to possible salmonella contamination.
The recall covers fresh field cucumbers sold in bulk, unwrapped, on or before Sept. 4, 2015. Consumers are advised to throw out the items or return them to the store where they were purchased.
On Monday, Safeway also began recalling field cucumbers, as well as Greek salad, vegetable trays, sushi and sandwiches, sold in stores in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C., citing salmonella risks.
According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), both recalls were triggered by a recall by Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce (A&W) of San Diego, Calif., and may be associated with a salmonella outbreak in the U.S.
There have been no illnesses associated with the products reported in Canada, but according to health authorities in the U.S., 285 people infected with the outbreak strains of salmonella poona related to "slicer" cucumbers supplied by A&W have been reported in 27 states as of Sept. 3, 2015. One death has been reported from California, and 53 people have reported being hospitalized, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.
The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation and may issue further recalls.
Salmonella can make you sick, and in more vulnerable segments of society — young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems — may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections.
In healthy individuals, the short-term symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.