At least 516 people have been sickened in an outbreak of salmonella linked to onions sold at grocery stores, including Walmart and Kroger

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  • At least 516 people have been sick in the United States and Canada in an outbreak of salmonella linked to Thomson International onions.
  • Thomson International is recalling all onions shipped since May 1, which are sold in grocery stores, including Kroger and Walmart, and which have been shipped to all 50 states.
  • Customers, restaurants, grocery stores, and suppliers should throw away any Thomson International onions they have purchased.
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Onions are being recalled in the United States and Canada due to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 516 people in the United States and Canada.

Thomson International – a food supplier based in Bakersfield, Calif. – on Saturday announced the recall of all red, yellow, sweet yellow and white onions shipped since May 1, due to potential salmonella contamination.

The United States Food and Drug Administration is investigating an outbreak of salmonella linked to red onions from Thomson International. The FDA has identified 396 cases of salmonella across the United States. As of Friday, 59 people had been hospitalized.

Canadian health officials identified 120 cases of salmonella linked to infected red onions on Sunday.

Grocery stores, including Kroger and Walmart, sell Thomson International onions. Thomson International has recalled onions that had been shipped to all 50 states, which are sold under various brands, including:

  • Thomson Premium
  • TLC Thomson International
  • Caring care
  • The opponent
  • Best of Hartley
  • Onions 52
  • Majestic
  • Imperial fresh
  • Kroger
  • Utah Onions
  • Food lion

While US and Canadian investigations have only identified red onions as the source of salmonella outbreaks, Thomson International has recalled all onion varieties due to the risk of cross contamination, according to the FDA. Customers, restaurants, grocery stores, and suppliers should throw away any Thomson International onions they have purchased.

“The FDA recommends that anyone who has received or suspects that they have received onions from Thomson International, Inc. be careful to clean and disinfect all surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with these products to reduce the risk of contamination. cross, ”the FDA said in a statement. “This includes cutting boards, slicers, counters, refrigerators and storage bins. ”

If you cannot identify whether your onions were shipped from Thomson International, the FDA recommends throwing them out.

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