(NEWSnet) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of some Fresh Start Produce cucumbers that were distributed in 14 states.

The company is recalling whole cucumbers that were shipped in bulk cartons from May 17-21 to retailers and food service distributors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The recall, posted Friday, is “due to the potential” of Salmonella bacteria contamination among the listed cucumbers.

The recall is for dark green cucumbers that were 5 to 9 inches long. Mini cucumbers and English cucumbers are not part of this recall. Although they are not likely to be in the stores now, anyone with the listed product should discard it or return it to the stores.

This recall action began after Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture informed the company that a product sample tested positive for the bacteria. “The FDA is conducting whole genome sequencing to determine if this sample is related to an ongoing Salmonella outbreak investigation.

The CDC reports that Salmonella causes about 1.35 million infections every year, with 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths resulting. Fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea are the most common symptoms.

"Food is the source for most of these illnesses," the CDC said.

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