US salmonella outbreak linked to red onions from California company
Thomson International says it will be recalling all varieties of onions that could have come in contact with potentially contaminated red onions because of the risk of cross-contamination.
Federal health officials say an outbreak of salmonella infecting nearly 400 people in more than 30 states has been linked to red onions, and identified a California company as the likely source.
The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement on Friday that Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California, has notified the food agency that it will be recalling all varieties of onions that could have come in contact with potentially contaminated red onions because of the risk of cross-contamination.
This recall would include red, white, yellow, and sweet onions from the company. Thomson couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
Onions were sold in cartons, weighing 5 pounds to 50 pounds, and mesh sacks (ranging from 2 poundsto 50 pounds)under brand names including Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Kroger, Food Lion, Hartley’s Best, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Imperial Fresh, Onions 52, Majestic and Utah Onions.
Onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. To see packaging photos of the onions, visit the FDA’s website.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that Salmonella Newport has sickened 396 people and landed nearly 60 in the hospital. There have been no deaths linked to the outbreak, which was first identified July 10 and has since grown. The agency says the illnesses began between mid-June and mid-July.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is also investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Newport illnesses that have a genetic fingerprint closely related to the U.S. outbreak, that agency said Thursday.
Contributing: USA Today