More people sick with Salmonella ate US onions: Public Health Agency

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The Public Health Agency of Canada says 100 more people have fallen ill from Salmonella contamination linked to a recall of onions grown in the United States, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 339.

The agency says no deaths have been reported but 48 people have been hospitalized.

He says people who fell ill are between three and 100 years old and have eaten red onions at home, in restaurants and in residential care facilities.

As of Friday, the breakdown of confirmed cases includes 78 people in British Columbia, 208 in Alberta, 19 in Saskatchewan, 19 in Manitoba, eight in Ontario, six in Quebec and one in Prince Edward Island.

The agency says people should not eat, use, sell or serve red, white, yellow and sweet yellow onions from Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, Calif., Or any product made from these onions.

He says there is no evidence to suggest Canadian-grown onions are associated with the outbreak.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it is conducting a food safety investigation and has issued food recall warnings for the brand of imported raw onions and certain food products that contain these onions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 15, 2020

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