339 cases are now linked to the outbreak of Salmonella in onion grown in the United States


TORONTO – More than 300 confirmed cases of illness have been reported in Canada in a Salmonella outbreak involving onions grown in the United States. In its latest update released on Friday, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) says 339 cases have been confirmed in the country. About 100 of these cases were confirmed last week.

PHAC has warned people not to eat or sell onions from Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, Calif., Adding that “if you don’t know where a red, yellow, white, or sweet onion has been grown, don’t don’t eat it ”.

The public health authority said there was no evidence to suggest that onions grown in Canada are linked to the outbreak.

PHAC says people started getting sick between mid-June and the end of July. To date, 48 people have been hospitalized.

Those who fell ill reported eating red onions at home, in restaurants and in residential care facilities.

Here is an overview of the reported cases:

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a food recall warning for products that have entered the country.

People with Salmonella often develop fever, chills, diarrhea, cramps, and nausea.

Anyone who thinks they have been exposed to Salmonella should contact their health care provider.


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