October 20, Whole, Fresh Onion Recall

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On October 20, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported an ongoing investigation of outbreaks of Salmonella Oranienburg infections linked to whole, fresh onions. The FDA identified ProSource Produce, LLC (also known as ProSource Inc) of Hailey, Idaho and Keeler Family Farms of Deming, New Mexico as supplied of the potentially contaminated onions imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico. A voluntary recall of red, yellow, and white onions imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico from July 1, 2021, to August 31, 2021, has been issued. If you have a recalled product at home or restaurant, do not eat, sell, serve them, and wash any surfaces or containers that may have come contact with a potentially contaminated onion with soap and hot water. If you are unsure if your onions have been recalled, throw them away to be safe.

Salmonella infections can lead to fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Most symptoms arise between 6 hours to 6 days after ingesting the contaminated food and most people recover within 4-7 days without any treatment. People with compromised immune systems, including young children and elderly people, may experience severe symptoms that may require medical treatment or hospitalization.

The outbreak affected 652 individuals in 37 states with 129 hospitalizations. Investigators identified 20 induvial illness clusters at restaurants where whole, fresh onions were served. These clusters depict that many ill people ate raw onions.

For more information visit the FDA website at: https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-salmonella-oranienburg-whole-fresh-onions-october-2021.

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