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Onion Recall Update - 2020

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If onions don't make you cry, they might make you very sick!

Culture of Salmonella bacteria
Salmonella bacteria culture

 

SALMONELLA OUTBREAK CASES BY STATE

STATE

CASES

STATE

CASES

AK

6

MD

1

AL

1

MA

2

AZ

14

MI

36

CA

76

MN

14

CO

14

MS

2

CT

2

MO

6

DE

1

MT

52

FL

3

NE

10

GA

1

NV

8

ID

26

NH

1

IL

41

NJ

2

IN

2

NM

1

IA

20

NY

5

KS

2

NC

5

KY

1

ND

8

ME

4

OH

8

OR

85

VA

8

PA

9

WA

25

SC

1

WV

2

SD

17

WI

7

TN

5

WY

16

UT

90

  
Culture of Salmonella bacteria

Onion recall due to Salmonella outbreak

In late July, consumers in the US and Canada began to take ill from grocery, prepared foods and other items containing onions.

On July 30th, The Public Health Agency of Canada announced that they had determined red onions from the US were the potential source of Salmonella that Canadians were taking ill with.

On July 31st, the FDA and local agencies began investigating a Salmonella Newport following on the lead of the Canadian epidemiologic data.  The FDA, with its traceback investigation, was able to identify Thomson International as the likely source of contaminated onions in the US.

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella bacteria are the most frequently reported cause of foodborne illness. 

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 

Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrheal illness in humans.  They are microscopic bacteria that are passed from the feces of people or animals to other people or other animals.

Can I tell if food has salmonella?

If food is contaminated with salmonella, it does not usually affect the taste, smell or appearance of the food.  The salmonella bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of infected animals and humans.

What are the symptoms and effects of salmonella?

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. 

People infected with salmonella can experience diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 8 to 72 hours after contaminated food is eaten. 

Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting. 

Symptoms usually disappear within 4 to 7 days. 

Many people with salmonellosis recover without treatment and may never see a doctor. 

Salmonella infections can be life-threatening especially for infants and young children, pregnant women and their unborn babies, and older adults, who are at a higher risk for foodborne illness, as are people with weakened immune systems.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Are there long-term effects of Salmonella?

Yes, there can be; people with diarrhea can recover completely, although it may be several months before their bowel habits return to normal. 

A small number of persons who are infected with Salmonella may develop pains in their joints, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination. 

This is called Reiter’s syndrome. 

It can last for months or years and can lead to chronic arthritis that is difficult to treat.

How do people get infected with Salmonella?

Salmonella lives in the intestinal tract of humans and other animals, including birds. 

Salmonella is usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. 

Salmonella can cause foodborne illness (salmonellosis) through cross-contamination, e.g., when juices from raw meat or poultry come in contact with ready-to-eat foods, such as salads. 

Food may also become contaminated by the unwashed hands of an infected food handler who might or might not be showing symptoms. 

Salmonella can also be found in the feces of some pets, especially those with diarrhea. 

People can become infected if they do not wash their hands after contact with these feces. 

What foods can give me Salmonella?

Any raw food of animal origin, such as meat, poultry, milk and dairy products, eggs, seafood, and some fruits and vegetables may carry Salmonella bacteria. 

The bacteria can survive to cause illness if meat, poultry, and egg products are not cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature as measured with a food thermometer and fruits and vegetables are not thoroughly washed. 

The bacteria can also contaminate other foods that come in contact with raw meat and poultry. 

Safe food handling practices are necessary to prevent bacteria on raw food from causing illness.

Onions recalled by wholesalers, restaurants and retail stores in all 50 states and Canada

Onions sold to wholesalers
and restaurants

Bagged and boxed onions were sold to wholesalers and restaurants under various brand names – these are listed below.

  • Thomson Premium
  • TLC Thomson International
  • Tender Loving Care
  • El Competitor
  • Hartley’s Best
  • Onions 52
  • Majestic
  • Imperial Fresh
  • Kroger
  • Utah Onions
  • Food Lion

Prepared foods at grocery stores

 

Retailer

Product

States

Giant Eagle

Prepared foods

PA, OH, WV, IN, MD

Kroger

Prepared foods from Taylor Farms

LA, TX

Walmart

Diced onions, diced, mirepoix, fajita stir fry

CO, IA, IL, KS, MO, ND, NE, OK, SD

Spokane Produce

Salsa

ID, MY, OR, WA

Kroger

Cheese dips

VA, WV, TN, KY, OH, AR, MS, MO, UT, NV, NM, AZ, MT, ID, WY, NC, TX, LA

Illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths
as of August 15, 2020

Illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths as of August 15th, 2020
Total IllnessesHospitalizationsDeaths
640850

Onions sold at grocery stores

 

Onions sold to grocery stores linked to Thomson International were sold to these grocery stores and retailers throughout the US.

Retailer

Product

States

Publix Super Markets

Red onions

AL, GA, NC, SC, TN and VA

Giant Eagle

Red, yellow and white onions

PA, OH, WV, IN and MD

Trader Joe’s

Red onions

AZ, CA, NV and UT

Ralph’s

Yellow onions

CA

Walmart

 Red, white and yellow onions

AR, AZ, CO, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NV, OH, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV, WY

Kroger | Ralph’s

Red, white, yellow and yellow vidalia onions

CA

Kroger | Food 4 Less

Red, white, yellow and yellow vidalia onions

CA, IL, IN, NE, OH

Kroger | Fry’s

Cheese dips and spreads

TN, MS, AR, KY, NC, VA, WV, OH, TX, LA

Kroger | Fred Meyer

Kroger | Smiths

Kroger

Taylor Farms ready to eat products

TX, LA

Kroger | Smiths

Red, white, yellow onions

UT, NV, NM, AZ, MT, ID, WY

Kroger

Red, white, yellow onions

TN, AR, MS, KY, NC, VA, WV, OH, TX, LA

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