At Least 979 Sick From Onion-Linked Salmonella Outbreak — See Case Numbers by State

Tarrah Gibbons
August 18, 2020 - 11:34 am
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If you’re heading to the supermarket to buy red onions, you may want to be careful.

At least 979 individuals in the U.S. and Canada have been infected with salmonella linked to onions sold in grocery stores all over the country.

Federal health officials report an outbreak of salmonella is infecting 640 people in more than 40 states, according to the most recent numbers from the CDC.

The outbreak is linked to red onions, and officials identified a California company as the likely source, reported CNBC.

As of Friday, Canadian health officials have identified 339 cases that were linked to contaminated onions, reports Business Insider.

In a statement, the Food and Drug Administration said that Thompson International of Bakersfield, California said it would recall all types of onions because of the risk of “cross-contamination.”

The agency said that the recall will include red, sweet, yellow and white onions from Thompson International.

According to the CDC, Salmonella Newport has sickened 640 people and has resulted in 85 hospitalizations. However, no deaths have been reported. The agency confirmed the illnesses began between mid-June and mid-July.

The CDC wrote, “Check the package or look for a sticker on an onion to see if it is from Thomson International, Inc. If it is, don’t eat it. Throw it away. If you can’t tell where your onions are from, don’t eat them. Throw them away.”

According to the CDC’s website, Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.

Onions from Thompson International are sold at various grocery stores including Kroger and Walmart. Recalled onions include those which are sold under the following brands.

—Thomson Premium
—TLC Thomson International
—Tender Loving Care
—El Competitor
—Hartley's Best
—Onions 52
—Majestic
—Imperial Fresh
—Kroger
—Utah Onions
—Food Lion

As of August 7, the CDC identified 640 case numbers in 43 states, broken down by state below.

Alaska

6

Alabama

1

Arizona

14

California

76

Colorado

14

Connecticut

2

Delaware

1

Florida

3

Georgia

1

Idaho

26

Illinois

41

Indiana

2

Iowa

20

Kansas

2

Kentucky

1

Maine

4

Maryland

1

Massachusetts

2

Michigan

36

Minnesota

14

Mississippi

2

Missouri

6

Montana

52

Nebraska

10

Nevada

8

New Hamsphire

1

New Jersey

2

New Mexico

1

New York

5

North Carolina

5

North Dakota

8

Ohio

8

Oregon

85

Pennsylvania

9

South Carolina

1

South Dakota

17

Tennessee

5

Utah

90

Virginia

8

Washington

25

West Virginia

2

Wisconsin

7

Wyoming

16

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