In Texas and Louisiana, where we often like a lot of unhealthy food, it's always a good idea to eat your vegetables. They help keep you healthy. Most of the time.

But, occasionally, something goes wrong, and in this case, 25 states are being impacted by bad veggies.

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The CDC is warning consumers about a salmonella outbreak from a certain type of cucumber - and the outbreak has impacted Texas, as well as possibly Louisiana. As a result, the cucumbers were recalled.

Bad Cucumbers

The cucumbers in question were grown in Florida, according to the CDC. They were sold in "bulk to retail distribution centers, wholesalers, and food service distributors in 14 states," but some of those sellers may have shipped the tainted veggies to additional states or re-packaged them for stores.

According to the agency's outbreak map, there have been two cases of salmonella in Texas, and while there have not been any in Louisiana, that may not necessarily mean it isn't here.

Credit: CDC
Credit: CDC

The cucumbers in question should no longer be in stores, according to the CDC, but if you aren't if the ones you have were among the ones recalled, you can call your store to see if they were impacted.

Of course, when in doubt, the safest thing to do is toss them out.

Symptoms of Salmonella

According to the CDC, these are the symptoms you need to look out for if you think you have have consumed a bad cucumber. You definitely need to call your healthcare provider if you have any of these:

• Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F

• Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving

• Bloody diarrhea

• So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down

• Signs of dehydration, such as:

  • Not peeing much
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Feeling dizzy when standing up

Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria, the CDC warned.

Top 10 Most Recalled Food Items & How To Stay Safe

The CDC estimates that 48 million people in the U.S. are infected by a food-borne illness every year, and an average of 3000 people even die.

These are the top 10 foods most likely to be recalled, according to Consumer Reports. However, that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy them if you take steps to stay safe.

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