Salmonella outbreak leads to recall of red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions

BAKERSFIELD, C.A. — A possible Salmonella outbreak has been linked to Thomson International Inc., a Bakersfield, California company that recalled red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions that were shipped from May 1, 2020 until the present time.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes even fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others who have weakened immune systems.

Healthy people who become infected with Salmonella often experience:

  • fever
  • diarrhea (which could be bloody)
  • nausea
  • vomiting and abdominal pain
  • arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis (only in rare circumstances)

The onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Colombia and Canada in:

5 lbs. carton. 10 lbs. carton. 25 lbs. carton. 40 lbs. carton, 50 lbs. carton. bulk, 2 lb. mesh sacks, and 3 lb. mesh sacks, 5 lb. mesh sacks, 10 lb. mesh sacks 25 lbs. mesh sacks, 50 lbs. mesh sacks under the brand names Thomson  Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions and Food Lion.

Those that received the onions should not eat, sell, or serve the onions from Thomson International Inc., or products that contain the onions. If you don’t know if your onions are from Thomson International Inc., or if your food contains the onions, you should throw it out.

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating a multi-state Salmonella outbreak with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that could be connected to Thomson International Inc., which is why the company is recalling them. As of now, no specific source of contamination or contaminated shipment has been identified while the FDA investigates other potential sources of contamination.

Nearly 400 cases of Salmonella have been reported to date, which includes 59 hospitalizations. States with cases include:

AK (6), AZ (14), CA (49), CO (10), FL (3), ID (5), IL (10), IN (2), IA (15), KS (1), KY (1), ME (4), MD (1), MI (23), MN (10), MO (6), MT (33), NE (5), NV (5), NY (4), NC (3), ND (5), OH (7), OR (71), PA (2), SC (1), SD (11), TN (5), TX (1), UT (61), VA (4), WA (2), WI (5), and WY (11).

Consumers who have any red, yellow, white or sweet yellow unions under the specific brand names mentioned above, who aren’t sure if their onions are from Thomson International Inc., should immediately discard these products and disinfect any surfaces that could have come into contact with the onions.

Consumers with questions should call the company at 661-845-1111.

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