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Salmonella potential prompts cucumber recall

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • North Carolina's L&M Company issued the recall
  • Federal inspectors found salmonella in cucumbers in Florida
  • The cucumbers in question were shipped to nine states

(CNN) -- A North Carolina produce company has issued a recall for cucumbers because they could be contaminated with salmonella.

Raleigh-based L&M Companies, Inc. said it distributed 1,590 bulk cartons of the cucumbers in question between March 30 and April 7 to New York, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Nebraska. Texas and Wyoming.

The recalled cartons are marked Nature's Delight and contain the Lot # PL-RID-002990 on the side of the carton. Only this one lot is being recalled.

The nationwide recall Friday came after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration inspectors in mid-April found salmonella on a randomly selected sample of cucumbers in a cooler at Four Seasons Produce of Central Florida.

"Despite the limited direct distribution of the one recalled lot, L&M Companies is issuing a nationwide recall out of an abundance of caution because the company recognizes the possibility that wholesale customers could have redistributed the product in states beyond those listed above," a company statement said.

Salmonella infection is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. People become infected most frequently through contaminated water or food sources.