Guilty of a new outbreak of salmonella: red onions


– Federal health officials say a salmonella outbreak infecting nearly 400 people in more than 30 states has been linked to red onions and has 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. This recall would include red, white, yellow and sweet onions from Thomson International, reports the AP. Thomson could not be reached immediately for comment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Salmonella Newport sickened 396 people and 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 Newport diseases that have a genetic fingerprint closely linked to the U.S. outbreak, the agency said Thursday.

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