The source of the outbreak of Salmonella Newport that has sickened over 396 people across the country may have been found.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have announced that onions from Thomson International Inc of Bakersfield, California are being recalled for potential Salmonella contamination.  The red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions shipped across North America between May 1, 2020 and August 1.   They were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states and Canada.  As of now no specific source of contamination or contaminated shipment has been identified, and FDA is also investigating other potential sources of contamination and has not yet reached a final conclusion as to the source of the Salmonella outbreak.

If you have onions with any of the following brand names, throw them out immediately.

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

If you cannot tell if your onions were produced by Thomson, the FDA recommends you throw them out immediately.  Do not eat, sell, or serve them.  Immediately disinfect any surface that has come into contact with the onions, and discard any food that they may be an ingredient in.

Salmonella infection can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.  More serious complications can occur in the very young, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.  If you suspect you have a Salmonella infection, contact your doctor or local health department immediately for testing.  Make a list of everything you’ve eaten in the past week to aid the authorities in determining the source of your illness, and to assist with narrowing down the cause of the broader outbreak.