California company likely source of onion-related salmonella outbreak in North America

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U.S. federal health officials say a salmonella outbreak infecting nearly 400 people in more than 30 states has been linked to red onions, and they have identified a California company as the likely source.The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Friday that Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, Calif., Has informed the food agency that it will recall all varieties of onions that may have come in contact with potentially contaminated red onions. due to the risk of cross contamination.

The recall would include red, white, yellow and sweet onions from Thomson International, the agency said.

The company could not be reached immediately for comment.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said salmonella newport had sickened 396 people and had landed nearly 60 in hospital. There have been no deaths linked to the outbreak, which was first identified on July 10 and has since increased. The agency says the illnesses started between mid-June and mid-July.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is also investigating an outbreak of salmonella, whose genetic imprint is closely linked to the US outbreak, the agency said Thursday.

According to a press release from the agency, There have been 55 more cases of bacterial infection in Canada since the outbreak was first announced, for a total of 114 cases in five provinces between mid-June and mid-July.

Sixteen people were hospitalized. Nobody died.

Residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario are asked not to eat red onions imported into Canada from the United States, including food products containing onions red, until more is known about the outbreak.

A case breakdown shows that 43 cases have been reported in British Columbia, 55 in Alberta, 13 in Manitoba, two in Ontario and one in Prince Edward Island involving a person who reported becoming ill after having traveled to Alberta.

Federal officials say Saskatchewan is investigating some salmonella illnesses, but has not confirmed they were linked to the outbreak.

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