Onions recalled as more than 600 Americans get sick

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(WDVM/WAVY) — Red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions have been recalled after more than 600 people across the United States got sick with salmonella.

The FDA says the batch of onions likely came from Thomson International, Inc. in Bakersfield, California.

The onions were sent to wholesalers, restaurants and retail stores in every state as well as D.C.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says Salmonella cases linked to the onions have been reported in 43 states so far, including Virginia and North Carolina. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Map of Reported Cases page.

The FDA says the onions shipped nationwide between May 1, 2020, and Aug. 1, 2020, and were sold under the following 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

The USDA has published a list of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products containing recalled onions. For now, the FDA is advising anyone with onions from the above brands not to eat them and to compost them if possible.

Consumers are advised to throw them away if they can’t be composted. The FDA suggests that people who are unsure of where the onions came from should not eat them.

People who may have consumed the bad batch of onions may experience salmonella symptoms, including diarrhea, fever, headaches, lethargy, rash and blood in urine or stool.

If you begin to experience similar symptoms, contact your doctor or call 911 if it is an emergency.


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