The recall notice was issued in Canada following a recall in the United States by Thomson International Inc. Affected provinces and territories include Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan , the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
The CFIA has said consumers should not consume the recalled products or foods containing raw onions. Canadians who believe they may have become ill while consuming the recalled product should contact their physician.
The recalled brands include El Competidor, Imperial Fresh, Onions 52, Tender Loving Care, Thomson International, Thomson International Premium and Thomson Premium. The recalled product may have been sold in bulk or in smaller packages with or without a label and may not bear the same brand or product name.
Onions grown in the United States were likely purchased online or at various restaurants, as onions sold in grocery stores were not affected by the recall, the agency said. No onions grown in Canada are affected by the recall.
The CFIA has said retailers, distributors, manufacturers and food service establishments, including hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals and nursing homes, should not serve, use or sell onions. .
The recalled products must be discarded or returned to the location where they were purchased, the CFIA said. If establishments are unsure of the identity of their onions, they are told to contact their place of purchase.
Salmonella bacteria, which occur naturally in the intestines of animals, are usually transmitted through contaminated food that comes from animal sources like poultry, beef, and dairy products, although fresh produce can also be a source.
PHAC recommends adopting safe hygiene habits, including washing your hands for at least 20 seconds before handling raw meat and fresh produce, and after, and ensuring that food are cooked to a safe internal temperature. Raw foods should also be kept away from other foods at all times.
According to the recall warning, food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell altered, but can still make people sick.
Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems can get serious and sometimes fatal infections from salmonella. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Long-term complications can include severe arthritis, the CFIA warned.
The Canadian epidemic, which began in mid-June, left 114 people with salmonellosis in Newport harbor on Thursday, including 55 new infections since last Friday.
South of the border, nearly 400 people in 34 states have fallen ill, according to the CDC, with 59 people hospitalized.
No one died in Canada or the United States.
The CFIA said its investigation is ongoing as it is examining other possible sources of infection and that additional food recall warnings may be issued.