Brand names are included in this recall:
- Food lion
- Thomson Premium
- TLC Thomson International
- Caring care
- The opponent
- Best of Hartley
- Onions 52
- Majestic, imperial fresh
- Utah Onions
- Del Monte Fresh Produce, NA, Inc. onions sold at Publix
Update 8-8-20: Other brand names were included in the onion recall, including Del Monte Fresh Produce, NA, Inc. onions sold at Publix, including stores in North Carolina. See details on the Publix website.
Food lion and Walmart have also issued recall notices for these onions.
If you have onions from these brands or if you can’t tell if your onions are from Thomson International, you “should immediately throw away these products and sanitize all surfaces that have come in contact with the onions,” according to the recall.
You should also be able to return the recalled onions with the receipt to the place of purchase for a refund.
At the time of the recall, a total of 396 illnesses had been reported, including 3 in North Carolina and a total of 59 hospitalizations.
the recall notice on the FDA website states:
Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California is recalling red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions shipped from May 1, 2020 to present. Onions are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the frail or the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often have fever, diarrhea (which can be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare cases, infection with Salmonella can cause the body to enter the bloodstream and produce more serious diseases such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The onions have been distributed to wholesalers, restaurants and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.
The onions were distributed in 5 pounds. cardboard. 10 cardboard books. 25 pounds cardboard. 40 lb carton, 50 lb carton. in bulk, 2 lb mesh bags and 3 lb mesh bags, 5 lb mesh bags, 10 lb mesh bags 25 lb. mesh bags, 50 lb mesh bags under the Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions and Food Lion brands.
Consumers, restaurants and retailers should not eat, sell or serve Thomson International, Inc. red, white, yellow or sweet onions or products containing such onions. If you cannot tell if your onion is from Thomson International Inc., or if your food product contains such onions, you must not eat, sell or serve it and you must throw it away.
The United States Food and Drug Administration, along with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are investigating a multistatic outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections that may be linked to these onions, so Thomson International is calling them back onions to be on the safe side. At this time, no specific source of contamination or contaminated shipping has been identified, and the FDA is also investigating other potential sources of contamination and has not yet reached a definitive conclusion.
A total of 396 illnesses have been reported to date, including 59 hospitalizations. States with cases include: AK (6), AZ (14), CA (49), CO (10), FL (3), ID (5), IL (10), IN (2), IA (15) , KS (1), KY (1), ME (4), MD (1), MI (23), MN (10), MO (6), MT (33), NE (5), NV (5) , NY (4), NC (3), ND (5), OH (7), OR (71), PA (2), SC (1), SD (11), TN (5), TX (1) , UT (61), VA (4), WA (2), WI (5) and WY (11).
Consumers who have sweet red, yellow, white and yellow onions under the above brand names, or who cannot tell if their onions are from Thomson International, should immediately dispose of these products and sanitize all surfaces that have entered. in contact with the onions. Consumers with questions can contact the company by calling Kim Earnshaw at 661-845-1111
See the full recall notice at fda.gov.