BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The latest about Louisiana's possible ties to a salmonella outbreak in 27 states (all times local).
Whole Foods Market says it did not carry the brand of cucumbers recalled after nearly 300 people in 27 states became ill with salmonella.
Louisiana's health department identified Whole Foods and Red Lobster on Saturday as national chains that got rid of the Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce "Limited Edition" cucumbers in Louisiana.
Spokeswoman Olivia Watkins says both were on the FDA's recall list of chains which had bought the cucumbers, and local officials of both told state sanitarians they'd stocked and were dumping the vegetables. But she said Sunday night that Whole Food managers in Baton Rouge apparently were mistaken when they said they had that brand.
The health department says three cases of salmonella in Louisiana may be part of the outbreak. Its news release says the salmonella cases were in the northeast, northwest and Baton Rouge areas.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says three cases of salmonella in Louisiana may be part of the outbreak that sickened 285 people in 27 states, killing a 99-year-old California woman.
A news release says the Louisiana cases were in the Baton Rouge area, the northeast and the northwest.
Federal authorities say there were one or two cases in Mississippi, 60 in Arizona and 51 in California.
Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego on Friday recalled "Limited Edition" brand cucumbers.
Louisiana's health department received notification Friday night and began calling national companies with Louisiana outlets that might have sold or used the cucumbers. The agency says Red Lobster restaurants in Louisiana disposed of them Friday, and Whole Foods did so Saturday morning.