The recent outbreak of Salmonella Newport that hit the United States and infected nearly 400 people could be linked to several brands of onion, according to announcements from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control.
Thomson International Inc., a California-based producer, packer, shipper and supplier, was named in public safety announcements from government agencies, which said the company had voluntarily recalled a variety of onions for potential Salmonella contamination.
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The onions in question were shipped from May 1 to present and were distributed in cartons weighing between five and 50 pounds and mesh bags between two and 50 pounds. Red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions are included in the recall among 11 Thomson brands, including: Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger , Utah Onions and Food Lion.
The FDA and CDC have urged customers, retailers and restaurants to throw out the recalled products, along with any onions that do not show an original source.
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As of Sunday, 396 people contracted an illness linked to salmonella in 34 states, according to recent data from the CDC. Fifty-nine of these cases required hospitalization.
The three states with the most reported infections are Utah, 61; California, 49, and Montana, 33.
Salmonella infections can cause diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, and other symptoms. Most people tend to recover without treatment.
For people who suspect they might have a salmonella infection, the CDC advises speaking with a health care provider and keeping detailed notes on what was eaten the week before symptoms appeared. Salmonella takes an average of two to four weeks to appear.
Given the dormant period of the bacterial infection, there may be more infections that the CDC is not aware of. On July 22, the number of Salmonella infections was 125.
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The FDA and CDC say they are continuing their investigation and have not reached a definitive conclusion.
States with Newport Salmonella Strains Discovered:
-New York: 4
-North Carolina: 3
-Dakota du Nord: 5
-South Carolina: 1
-Dakota du Sud: 11
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