More than 70 people in 18 states have fallen ill because of a salmonella outbreak linked to imported Mexican cucumbers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
The agency said 14 people have been hospitalized, and it is working with state health officials to identify other people who may have been infected.
The source of the outbreak is thought to be Mexican supplier Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacan, Mexico. The cucumbers were distributed by Tricar Sales Inc. of Rio Rico, Ariz., the CDC said.
The Food and Drug Administration has halted the imports by Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse unless they can prove that cucumbers are not contaminated with salmonella.