Red onions linked to salmonella outbreak that has sickened people in 31 states

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And a company based in Bakersfield, Calif., Is the likely source of the potentially contaminated onions, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

“Although the investigation has determined that red onions are the likely source of this outbreak, Thomson International, Inc. has informed the FDA that it will recall all varieties of onions that may have come in contact with potentially red onions. contaminated, due to the risk of cross-contamination, ”the agency said in a statement Friday.

The onion recall will include red, white, yellow and sweet onions from Thomson International.

So far, Newport Salmonella has sickened 396 people and put nearly 60 in hospital. The first cases were reported between June 19 and July 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The FDA said the outbreak investigation was continuing to determine if other products were linked to the disease. Cases of Salmonella with a genetic fingerprint similar to that of American cases have also been identified in Canada.Signs of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps between six hours and six days after exposure to the bacteria, the CDC said. People are usually sick for four to seven days. People under 5, over 65, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to suffer from serious illness.

In some cases, the infection can spread from the intestines to other parts of the body and require hospitalization.

The CDC urges anyone with symptoms of salmonella poisoning to contact a doctor, write down what they ate the week before they fell ill, report the illness to the health department, and contact the local authorities. health investigators about his illness.

Infections have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota , Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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