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September 30, 2020

FDA recalls onions from California suppliers after salmonella outbreak

CALIFORNIA — A nationwide onion recall was expanded by the Food and Drug Administration on Aug. 10 to include red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions linked to California suppliers after more than 600 people in 43 states have been sickened with salmonella.

The original recall was issued Aug. 1, and the expansion has affected Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Kroger, Giant Eagle and Ralph’s.

Thompson International, a large-scale grower in California, earlier this month recalled onion products. These are in addition to products recalled by such suppliers as Progressive Produce and brands as Pacific Gold Brand. However, Thompson International’s role as a large supplier means their onions are included in many products, including some products made by Taylor Farms.

Taylor Farms earlier recalled items manufactured between July 30 and July 31, which had use-by dates that have already passed. Those products included: Sausage Breakfast Scramble Bowl, Taylor Farms Cheddar Cheese and Chicken Salad Snack Tray, Chicken Salad, Chicken Salad Deli Snack, H.E.B. Shake Rattle Bowl and Marketside Southwest Style Salad with Chicken.

If customers have purchased these items and put them into their freezer, they will have use-by dates ranging from Aug. 4 through Aug. 12, 2020, and will have the establishment number P-34733 or 34733 inside the USDA mark of inspection or printed on the container.

The FDA has warned about eating prepared foods containing onions possibly tainted with the bacteria. Their advice is to avoid onions or products that contain onions if the buyer doesn’t know where the onions are from.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, which can last for hours or days after exposure. Children and adults older than 65 are more likely to have more severe symptoms.

Sean Roney
Sean Roney
Sean Roney is the reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers education, government and general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.
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