Posted 6:41 PM 4/26/2013 : Tricar Sales, Inc. speaks out about cucumber salmonella outbreak
TUCSON-There's a nationwide salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico.
People started getting sick in January.
The outbreak covers 18 states, including Arizona.
More than 70 people have been ill.
Fourteen have been hospitalized.
In Arizona nine have been infected, but in California as many as 28.
The food and drug administration traced cucumbers eaten by six people to distributor Tricar Sales, Inc. and suppliers Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacan, Mexico.
"One of my wholesalers likes to buy cucumbers from Tricar, so I called him up immediately," said Oscar Villa, general store manager of Villa's Market.
Villa called his wholesaler right when he heard of the Salmonella Saintpaul infections.
"Just to make sure none of those salmonella cucumbers made it into my store," said Villa.
January 12 is the first anyone heard of people getting sick.
The latest is April 6.
"Huge concern, you know. First off, you don't want people getting sick, and you also don't want a bad reputation," said Villa.
No connection was traced to Villa's Market.
But suppliers Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse are banned from importing cucumbers until they can prove their cucumbers are not contaminated with salmonella.
"We're being as transparent as possible with the FDA in providing them records and access to our facility trying to determine the cause of our problem," said Rod Sbragia with Tricar Sales, Inc.
Tricar Sales, the supplier's distributor has been in business for over 60 years, and hopes customers will stand by them.
"We want them to know that Tricar is committed to providing safe fruits and vegetables for them to eat and working diligently to solve this problem and get back into business," said Sbragia.
A relief for stores who depend on distributors like Tricar because they said they're watching out for the best interest of their customers, too.
According to the centers for disease control and prevention, there's no evidence that shows that those contaminated cucumbers supplied by Miracle Greenhouse and Cardenas are still on the market.
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