Sysco Foods Recall of Red Onions - Sold in Northwestern Ontario

Provided by The Canadian Press

Provided by The Canadian Press

The FDA said Thomson International Inc., will be recalling its red, white, yellow and sweet onions from stores.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, Thomson International, Inc. of Bakersfield, California will be recalling all onion varieties because of the risk of cross-contamination.

A multistate outbreak of salmonella poisoning that has sickened 400 people has been traced back to red onions. Within a day of the announcement that red onions were the culprit, Sysco issued a recall.

Another 114 cases had been found by the Public Health Agency of Canada with those illnesses reported becoming ill after eating red onions at home, in menu items ordered at restaurants and in residential care settings.

PHAC says Canadian-grown red onions are not affected by the advisory.

The outbreak had previously baffled the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the outbreak reportedly affecting hundreds in over 23 states, including Idaho, South Dakota, North Dakota, Arizona, Virginia, Florida, Nebraska, Maine, Oregon and Utah.

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They demanded the chief minister to immediately step down while taking the responsibility of the deaths. On Thursday evening, two more people died under suspicious circumstances at Amritsar's Muchhal village.

PHAC says that people in those provinces should avoid eating red onions imported to Canada from the USA, and retailers and restaurants should not use, sell or serve the imported onions, until more is known about the outbreak.

The warning also applies to any food products that contain raw red onions imported from the U.S. "However, most people with salmonellosis will recover without antibiotics".

They advise throwing out the onions if there is no way to tell whether they came from the manufacturer. Any places that have come in contact with contaminated onions such as countertops, cutting boards and refrigerators should be thoroughly cleaned with due diligence. Across the US, 212 people have fallen ill so far, according to the CDC.

Most people infected with the bacteria develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps one to seven days after exposure.

PHAC says people are believed to have fallen ill between mid-June and mid-July.

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