30 states have been affected by the outbreak

By Alex Heigl
Updated September 10, 2015 12:25 PM
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Two people have died and 341 have been sickened across 30 states by an outbreak of salmonella poona linked to cucumbers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported.

The deaths occurred in Texas and California, and 70 people have been hospitalized, with over 50 percent of the ill children under the age of 18. California has recorded the most cases, with 72 infections, followed by Arizona (66) and Utah (30). (a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services noted, however, that the woman who died in Texas had other severe health issues, and the woman in California was 99 years old when she died on Aug. 17.)

The CDC notes that “epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations” have linked the outbreak to cucumbers imported from Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. The company announced a voluntary recall on Sept. 4, and Red Lobster has announced that they’ve disposed of all cucumbers purchased during the month of August as a precaution. Overwaitea Food Group, a Canadian company, is recalling cucumbers purchased in British Columbia and Alberta, while Safeway has initiated a voluntary recall in stores in Alaska and Canada as a precautionary measure as well.

Eater notes that this isn’t the first salmonella outbreak of 2015: An outbreak across nine states in May was linked to raw tuna used in sushi and resulted in 10 hospitalizations.

The CDC estimates that salmonella sickens one million people in the U.S. yearly, with 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths as a result.