Red onions from the USA could contain salmonella, health officials warn

Red onions from the USA could contain salmonella, health officials warn

Public health officials in the US and Canda were able to trace the cases back to red onions from the California company.

According to USA and Canadian health officials, the strain of salmonella is linked to red onions, but the business will recall all onions that could have been cross-contaminated.

Sysco is recalling pink onions imported from the US from {the marketplace} attributable to attainable Salmonella contamination.

The cases have been presumptively linked to red onions coming from Thomson International, Inc., Bakersfield, California.

"Investigators have determined that red onions imported from the United States are a likely source of the outbreak", reads PHAC's public health notice about the outbreak.

"If you can not tell if your onion is from Thomson International Inc., or your food product contains such onions, you should not eat, sell, or serve it, and should throw it out", according to the FDA.


The warning also applies to any food products that contain raw red onions imported from the U.S.

Most people with salmonella will recover without antibiotics, DeBess said, but those who think they've gotten diarrhea from eating red onions may want to contact a doctor.

The area where the onions were stored should also be washed and sanitized. Any places that have come in contact with contaminated onions such as countertops, cutting boards and refrigerators should be thoroughly cleaned with due diligence.

For a full listing of recalled products related to this Sysco red onions recall, visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency here. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.

Salmonella bacteria are found naturally in the intestines of animals, reptiles and birds, according to PHAC, and are most often transmitted to people when they eat contaminated foods. The agency expects that more illnesses will be reported, as it takes time between when a person falls ill and reports their illness to authorities.

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