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OGVG notes Ontario-grown long English cucumbers are safe to consume

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Courtesy OGVG

June 6, 2024 LEAMINGTON, ON – On June 1, 2024, Fresh Start Produce Sales of Delray, FL, recalled whole field cucumbers shipped to certain states from May 17 through May 21, 2024, due to the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) BB #:163409 is aware that several media outlets have inaccurately showcased images of long English cucumbers as part of their media release. As we work to correct this oversight with each individual media outlet, we want to assure retailers, foodservice, and consumers that the Canadian-grown long English cucumbers are not part of the recall and are readily available for purchase and safe consumption.

“Ontario greenhouse cucumbers are distinctly different from field-grown cucumbers,” said Richard Lee, Executive Director of OGVG. “Field-grown cucumbers are shorter and wider than the long, narrow English cucumbers and have a more bitter flavor. English cucumbers are sweeter and contain very few seeds.”

Ontario greenhouses provide a protected environment using advanced hydroponic technology, computerized climate control, and integrated pest management to ensure that the year-round supply of produce is safe, fresh, and nutritious for consumption. The attached image illustrates the difference between long English and field-grown cucumbers.

About OGVG

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) represent more than 170 greenhouse operators growing over 4000 acres of fresh and nutritious peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Our members are agricultural innovators, who continue to invest in research, and sustainable growing practices that will continue to expand and reinforce Canada’s domestic food supply system while enhancing our position as a major partner in addressing global food security.

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:
Richard Lee, Executive Director