FREMONT, CA – Fremont residents should check their refrigerators and pants for onions and homemade products. A California manufacturer has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has affected hundreds of people in 43 states, including at least 76 in California. Oregon and Utah alone have reported more cases than Golden State. No death is associated with remembered onions.
According to an alarm from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “People sick with the outbreak reported eating onions in freshly prepared foods, including salads, sandwiches, tacos, salsa and dips.”
Onions have also been used in prepared foods, including pasta salads, cashews and pizzas, evoking more memories.
The CDC is encouraging consumers to be bold in asking restaurants and grocery stores about the source of onions in sections of prepared products and foods. If they do not know the source, skip the onions.
On August 1, Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield voluntarily recalled red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions for possible salmonella contamination, according to the CDC. Affected output was shipped between May 1 and the withdrawal date.
At least 85 people have been hospitalized, according to the CDC.
Some of the onions were sold at shops including Walmart, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Publix, Giant Eagle, Food Lion, and HEB, the CDC said.
Onions were sold under a variety of brand names including Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions, and Lion Food, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
See full list of products withdrawn. Check the withdrawal notice to see UPC and product photos.
On August 5, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health notice for products made with recalled onions. Several companies, including Taylor Farms and Giant Eagle also recalled products made with onions, including chicken salad, pasta salad, fries, pizza and raw onions.
See one complete list of products made with remembered onions.
The CDC said people should check their homes for withdrawn products and dispose of affected items.
“Do not eat them or try to cook onions or other food to make it safe,” the CDC said.
Signs of salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps between six hours and six days after exposure to the bacteria. Those under the age of 5, those over the age of 65 and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to suffer from serious illnesses.
In some cases, the infection can spread from the intestines to other parts of the body and require hospitalization.
The CDC encourages anyone with symptoms of salmonella poisoning to contact a doctor, write down what they ate a week before they became ill, report the disease to the health department, and communicate with health investigators about their illness.
– Written by Patch editor Megan VerHelst with additional reports by Bea Karnes