Class action brought for Canadians affected by the Salmonella outbreak

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TORONTO – A class action lawsuit seeks to compensate Canadians affected by a major outbreak of Salmonella this summer. The lawsuit alleges the outbreak was caused by contaminated onions from a California-based food production company, Thomson International Inc.

The onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants and retail stores across Canada and the United States. They were also used in other food products, like salsas and pre-made sandwiches found in grocery stores.

The onions were ultimately recalled after a safety investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

CTVNews.ca has made several attempts to contact Thomson International for comment, but our attempts have so far gone unanswered.

The Salmonella bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, pregnant women and the elderly, as well as people with weakened immune systems.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell altered, but can still make a person sick. Common symptoms of an infection often include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Most people who get sick from an infection get better after a few days.

As of October 1, the Public Health Agency of Canada found 515 confirmed cases of Salmonella – mainly in British Columbia and Alberta – linked to onions, resulting in 79 hospitalizations across Canada.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 1,127 cases of Salmonella in 48 states and 167 hospitalizations related to the outbreak.

The lawsuit was filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on September 30, and a corresponding lawsuit was also filed in Quebec on August 27.

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