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Cucumbers blamed for death in Texas and another state

One person in Texas and a person in another state are dead following an illness believed to be caused by contaminated cucumbers. As many as 340 people also fell ill after eating the cucumbers, which are reportedly contaminated with salmonella.

According to reports, 70 of the people who fell ill were admitted to hospitals and a large number of those who became sick were under 18 years old. Illnesses have been recorded in four states, say reports. So far, the two people who passed away had underlying issues because of poor health or age, say reports. One of the women was 99 years old.

An investigation into the cases linked the salmonella outbreak to cucumbers that were distributed by a company called Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. The food came from Mexico originally, say reports. Red Lobster reported that it had thrown out any cucumbers bought in August as a precaution related to the issue, and the distribution company has issued a volunteer recall related to the cucumbers.

Several other companies are recalling cucumbers in other states and locations as a precaution too. As with any contaminated food recall, the efforts might have come too late for many people, who have already consumed the food. In other instances, people might not be aware that the food in their possession could be recalled.

Food poisoning is a matter of product liability in many cases. Whether food is contaminated when sold or is handled improperly by a restaurant, when injuries occur, someone might be liable. Understanding how that liability works and how compensation for expenses and damages can be sought within the law can help families who are injured by such issues to move beyond suffering or grief.

Source: People, "Cucumbers Recalled After Salmonella Outbreak Causes 2 Deaths and Leaves Over 340 Sick," Alex Heigl, Sep. 10, 2015

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