Federal health officials say a salmonella outbreak that infects nearly 400 people in more than 30 states has been linked to red onions, and they identified a California company as the likely source.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a statement Friday that Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California, notified them that it will recall all onion varieties that may have been in contact with potentially red onions. contaminated.
This recall would include Thomson International’s red, white, yellow and sweet onions, the agency said.
Thomson could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the outbreak has sickened 396 people and about 60 have ended up in hospital.
There have been no deaths related to the outbreak, which was first identified on July 10 and has since increased. The agency says the illnesses started between mid-June and mid-July.
The health authorities do not know the source of the outbreak.
According to the CDC, most cases have been reported in California, Oregon, and Utah, but there have also been infections in Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, among others.
The Canadian Public Health Agency is also investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Newport diseases that have a genetic fingerprint closely related to the US outbreak, that agency said Thursday.