Onions are being recalled for Salmonella contamination – again. The FDA and CDC are reporting that over 650 cases of Salmonella Oranienburg infections have been reported across 37 states so far. To date 129 people have been hospitalized. The red, yellow, and white onions were distributed by Hailey, Idaho’s ProSource Produce and imported from Chihuahua, Mexico. They have been shipped to restaurants and retailers across the United States. The CDC is recommending that if you cannot identify where any onions you have in your home have been imported from or by which company, assume there is salmonella lin the onions. Immediately throw any onions you have away and clean and sanitize any surfaces and containers that may have come into contact with the onions. This includes cutting boards, slicers, countertops, refrigerators and storage bins. Suppliers, distributors, and others in the supply chain have been advised not to use, ship, or sell red, yellow, and white onions from ProSource Inc. that were imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico or food products containing such onions. They should also use extra vigilance in cleaning any surfaces and storage areas that may have come into contact with such onions from ProSource Inc. If there has been potential cross contamination or mixing of onions from other sources with such onions from ProSource Inc., suppliers and distributors should discard all comingled and potentially cross-contaminated product.
Consumers who have symptoms of Salmonella infection should contact their health care provider. Most people with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. More severe cases of salmonellosis may include a high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, a rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases may become fatal.