A Salmonella Newport outbreak linked to onions produced by Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, CA has sickened 49 people in California. Illnesses have been reported in 33 other states and in Canada.
After weeks trying to solve the mysterious and rapidly growing Salmonella Newport outbreak, Canadian health officials made a breakthrough when they discovered a link between illnesses in that country and foods containing red onions supplied by Sysco. The company issued a recall of Imperial Fresh red onions that were distributed in Canada to food service establishments, restaurants, retailers, distributors, manufacturers and institutions including long-term care facilities.
Collaborating with Canadian health officials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) traced back the source of the illnesses in the U.S. to onions supplied by Thomson. The agency said the company is a preparing an onion recall that may include red onions, white onions and yellow onions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising consumers not to eat foods containing onions if they do not know for certain that the onions were not supplied by Thomson.
California is one of the states hardest hit by the outbreak, which includes people who range in age from less than 1 to 102 years old. They reported symptoms of Salmonella infection, which include diarrhea, nausea, fever and abdominal cramps on dates ranging from June 19 to July 12. Fifty-nine people were so sick they needed to be hospitalized.
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