The Salmonella outbreak linked to onions produced by Thomson International of Bakersfield, CA has sickened 1,518 people in the U.S. and Canda. Five hundred and six of those illnesses have occurred in Canada where health officials are urging citizens to avoid eating red, yellow, white, or sweet yellow onions and foods containing them, if they do not know where they were grown.

In the U.S., 1,012 illnesses had been reported as of September 1, 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some of the illnesses were linked to prepared foods sold at grocery stores or served at restaurants including salsas, dips, salads, sandwiches and stir fry.


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The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported that 71 of 505 Canadians sickened as of September 14, 2020, required hospitalization. The illnesses have been reported among people ranging in age from 1 to 100 years old between mid-June and mid-August 2020 in seven provinces. The case totals from each are: British Columbia (116), Alberta (292), Saskatchewan (34), Manitoba (25), Ontario (14), Quebec (24) and Prince Edward Island (1).

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Thomson has issued a recall for the onions. In the U.S., they were sold under a variety of brand names at Food Lion, Giant Eagle, Kroger, Publix, Ralph’s, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and other stores.

The U.S. case-patients range in age from less than 1 to 102 years old and they reported the onset of symptoms on dates ranging from June 19, 2020 to August 11, 2020. The number of illnesses reported from each of the 47 states affected is: Alaska (21), Alabama (1), Arizona (35), Arkansas (2), California (122), Colorado (26), Connecticut (2), Delaware (2), Florida (8), Georgia (11), Hawaii (3), Idaho (37), Illinois (54), Indiana (3), Iowa (26), Kansas (2), Kentucky (1), Maine (6), Maryland (7), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (47), Minnesota (18), Mississippi (4), Missouri (11), Montana (63), Nebraska (10), Nebraska (10), Nevada (11), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (8), New Mexico (1), New York (10), North Carolina (6), North Dakota (9), Ohio (11), Oregon (101), Pennsylvania (22), Rhode Island (3), South Carolina (1), South Dakota (23), Tennessee (7), Texas (2), Utah (110), Virginia (10), Washington (117), West Virginia (2), Wisconsin (10), and Wyoming (23).

What are the Symptoms of a Salmonella Infection?

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Symptoms usually develop within six to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food.

If you developed these symptoms after eating onions or foods containing them, and you would like a free consultation with an experienced Salmonella lawyer, please contact the Pritzker Hageman Salmonella Legal Team. We have represented clients in every major Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. You can reach us by calling 1-888-377-8900, sending a text to 612-261-0856, or by completing the form below. There is no obligation and we don’t get paid unless we win.

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