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Custom Produce Sales Voluntarily Recalls Fat Boy Brand® and Unlabeled Cucumbers Because of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — September 11, 2015 — Parlier, CA — Custom Produce Sales (“Custom Produce”) of Parlier, California is voluntarily recalling all cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy® label starting August 1, 2015 because they may be contaminated with Salmonella and are covered by an ongoing recall. No other Fat Boy® products are covered by this recall. Unlabeled cucumbers packed into a black reusable plastic container (RPC) and were sold in Nevada, as of August 1, 2015 are also covered by this recall.
Custom Produce is currently working with health authorities on this recall, which is associated with an outbreak of Salmonella Poona, with 341 illnesses, including 2 deaths, being reporting in as many as 30 states. Custom Produce has contacted all customers who may have received this product.
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.
Fat Boy® cucumbers were produced in Baja California and distributed in the states of California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas.
These cucumbers are shipped in a black, green, red and craft colored carton which reads “Fat Boy Fresh Produce.”. This variety is often referred to as a “Slicer” or “American” cucumber. It has a dark green color. It typically has a length of 7 to 10 inches and a diameter of 1.75 to 2.5 inches.
Consumers who have purchased Fat Boy® brand cucumbers are urged not to consume them and to return them to the place of purchase or to dispose of them. Consumers with questions may contact Custom Produce by visiting the company website at www.customproducesales.com or by calling the company at 559-254-5860.
Fat Boy cucumbers were packed into the following:
Cucumber Carton 24’s Fat Boy Label
Cucumber Carton Super Select Fat Boy Label
Cucumber Carton 6 count Fat Boy Label
Cucumber Carton 5 # Fat Boy Label
Possible Fat Boy Lot Codes: 93968, 94506, 94550, 94522, 94513, 93991
Reusable Plastic Containers (RPC):
Lot Code: (01) 1 0851821 22000 2 (10) 99
Item # 552678329
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