Sysco Recalls Red Onions Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Daniel Fowler
August 2, 2020

Consumers, restaurants, and retailers who can not tell if their onions came from Thomson International Inc or any food dish contains them should not eat, sell, or serve them and, instead, throw them out.

That includes 43 cases in British Columbia, 55 in Alberta, 13 in Manitoba, two in Ontario and an individual in P.E.I. who reported falling ill after travelling to Alberta.

A Salmonella outbreak that has been puzzling health officials has officially been linked to red onions from a company based in California.

The nationwide outbreak has been traced to contaminated batches of onions sold by Thomson International Inc., according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Investigators believe that USA -imported red onions are a likely source of the outbreak, and have advised consumers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario to steer clear of the raw vegetable and food products that contain it.

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Red onions that were grown in Canada are not affected by this advisory.

As of July 28, there have been 938 reported cases of the salmonella linked to poultry with 151 hospitalizations.

The FDA is recommending consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve red, white, yellow, or sweet onions from Thomson International, Inc. or products containing such onions.

Most people with salmonella will recover without antibiotics, DeBess said, but those who think they've gotten diarrhea from eating red onions may want to contact a doctor. These can also have been bought from Sysco on-line or by numerous restaurant areas. You should also clean your fridge drawers, shelves and any surface that came into contact with the onions.

Salmonella bacteria are found naturally in the intestines of animals, reptiles and birds, according to PHAC, and are most often transmitted to people when they eat contaminated foods. An additional 114 people have become ill in Canada, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The CDC said the first case was reported between June 9 and July 11.

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