A major onion supplier in California has issued a nationwide Salmonella recall for red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions. Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California issued an onion recall after Salmonella Newport illnesses in the U.S. and Canada were linked to products containing onions.
The recall includes red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions shipped since May 1, 2020, to grocery stores, restaurants and foodservice companies in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Canada. Products containing onions such as salads, wraps, dips and salsas also pose a risk. Consumers who cannot tell if onions they have purchased were produced by Thomson should not eat them.
“The wide distribution of these onions explains the rapid growth of this Salmonella Newport outbreak,” said Salmonella Lawyer Fred Pritzker, whose food safety law firm Pritzker Hageman is currently signing up clients who wish to file a lawsuit.
In the U.S., 396 illnesses and 59 hospitalizations have been reported among people who ate contaminated onions. The number of cases reported so far from each state is: Alaska (6), Arizona (14), California (49), Colorado (10), Florida (3), Idaho (5), Illinois (10), Indiana (2), Iowa (15), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Maine (4), Maryland (1), Michigan (23), Minnesota (10), Missouri (6), Montana (33), Nebraska (5), Nevada (5), New York (4), North Carolina (3), North Dakota (5), Ohio (7), Oregon (71), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (1), South Dakota (11), Tennessee (5), Texas (1), Utah (61), Virginia (4), Washington (2), Wisconsin (5), and Wyoming (11).
More than 100 illnesses have been reported in Canada. The number of cases from each province is British Columbia (43), Alberta (55), Manitoba (13), Ontario (2), and Prince Edward Island (1).
Salmonella Onion Recall
The recalled onions, distributed in the U.S. and Canada since May 1, 2020, were sold in various sizes under a variety of brand names. They were distributed in 5-lb, 10-lb, 25-lb, 40-lb, and 50-lb cartons, 2-lb, 3-lb, 5-lb, 10-lb, 25-lb and 50-lb mesh sacks under the brand names Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions, Food Lion and other brand names.
These onions may have been sold individually by online retailers, in bulk bins at grocery stores and in small packages. In addition to grocery stores, these products were distributed to foodservice establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals, and nursing homes.
A selection of photos of recalled onion products is shown below. These photos do not include all recalled products. UPC label codes for selected products can also be found here.
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