Food Safety News: In late February, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a detailed report describing a summer 2014 outbreak of Salmonella linked to cucumbers grown in the Delmarva region of Maryland.

The outbreak resulted in 275 confirmed illnesses and the death of one man. Considering that CDC estimates only one in 30 Salmonella cases are confirmed, the outbreak is believed to have had a wide-reaching impact on consumers.

Given the size of this Salmonella outbreak, some consumers were surprised and even alarmed to first hear about it several months after it ended. Why did CDC not previously alert the public, as they do with many other foodborne illness outbreaks?

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