Massive onion recall underway due to possible nationwide outbreak of Salmonella

Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California is recalling red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions. The produce in question was shipped from May 1, 2020 to August 1, 2020.

The onions were shipped to supermarkets, food services, and restaurants in all 50 states and Canada.

The onions were sold in cartons weighing 5 to 50 pounds, and in 2 to 50-pound mesh sacks under the following brand names: Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Kroger, Food Lion, Hartley’s Best, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Imperial Fresh, Onions 52, Majestic, and Utah Onions.

The CDC and the FDA are investigating a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella; the onions have been tentatively linked to this outbreak. There have been 396 reported illnesses, including 59 hospitalizations.

Salmonella is a pathogen that causes serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems. Symptoms induce fever, diarrhea (possibly bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare cases, the organism may reach the bloodstream and be life-threatening.

Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve red, white, yellow, or sweet onions from Thomson International, Inc., or products containing them.

If you cannot tell if your onions are from Thomson International Inc., or if you know your food product contains these onions, you should not eat, sell, or serve them, and should throw the product out and disinfect any surface that came into contact with them.

Consumers with questions should contact Thompson International by calling Kim Earnshaw at 661-845-1111. For product, label photos go to:
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Charles Betzler

Charles Betzler

Charles Betzler is a contributing writer for Sapulpa Times.