Across 34 states, nearly 400 people have fallen ill due to a salmonella outbreak. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this outbreak is likely linked to red onions.
“Although red onions have been identified as the likely source, other types of onions may be contaminated due to the way onions are grown and harvested,” a statement from the CDC read.
The CDC is advising that anyone who has bought onions from Thomson International, Inc — including red, white, yellow and sweet onions — refrain from eating, serving, or selling them. Any food that contains these onions should also not be consumed and can be discarded.
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Salmonella outbreak update: Do not eat, serve, or sell onions from Thomson International, Inc., or food made with them. This includes red, white, yellow, and sweet onions. 396 illnesses in 34 states. Read more: https://t.co/1uvWO6f6cZ pic.twitter.com/PXxCvSC3RN
— CDC (@CDCgov) August 1, 2020
There will be additional tracing done by epidemiologists to determine if there are any other onions that may be linked to this outbreak.
If you have onions at home, the CDC suggests that you check the package or look for a sticker on the onion indicating if it’s from Thomson International, Inc and to throw it away if so. It’s best to throw onions away if you are unable to determine where they are from and wash and sanitize any surface that may have come in contact with onions, including your refrigerator doors, knives, cutting boards or countertops.
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According to the Food and Drug Administration, Thomson International, Inc. of Bakersfield, California will be recalling all onion varieties because of the risk of cross-contamination. Recall information will be made public by Thomson International, Inc as soon as the information is available.
OUTBREAK: The FDA, along with @CDCgov & state/local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of #Salmonella Newport infections linked to #redonions from Thomson International, Inc. of Bakersfield, CA.
Full announcement & recommendations > https://t.co/qDGCKA8256
— FDA FOOD (Ctr for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition) (@FDAfood) July 31, 2020
Typical symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps anywhere from six hours to six days after bacteria exposure. It typically lasts four to seven days with most people recovering without any treatment. People who have weakened immune systems, children under 5 and adults 65 and over are more likely to have a more severe illness.
If you have symptoms of a salmonella infection, talk to your health care provider and report your illness to your local health department. Health officials also recommend recording what you ate in the week before you started to feel ill in order to help health investigators if they contact you.
Since the CDC’s last update on July 24, there have been 184 more reported cases. Only 59 people have been hospitalized with no deaths reported.
An investigation by the CDC is still ongoing.
As of July 28, there have been 938 reported cases of the salmonella linked to poultry with 151 hospitalizations. One death was reported in Oklahoma. The number of reported illnesses this year is higher than this time last year.