Onion Recall: FDA Announces Voluntary Recall Over Salmonella Concerns

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An unspecified number of fresh onions has been voluntarily recalled in the US due to potential salmonella contamination. The onions were distributed by ProSource Produce, which announced the recall through the Food and Drug Administration’s website on Thursday.

The recall impacts whole raw onions distributed to 37 states in the US. These onions include red, white, and yellow varieties. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 652 people have already been infected with salmonella as of the time of this writing.

Recall Information

The recalled onions were shipped from Mexico between late July and early August of 2021. They were distributed to 37 states in the continental US in both mesh sacks and cartons. According to ProSource, the onions were sold under numerous brand names, including Peak Fresh Produce, Sierra Madre, and Big Bull.

For a full list of products affected by this recall, check the FDA’s announcement through this link. Customers who have purchased raw onions recently are urged to check their packaging. “If you can’t tell where the onions are from, don’t buy or eat them,” urges the CDC.

Salmonella Outbreak

Reports of a salmonella outbreak in the US began in mid-September, but the CDC only recently identified the food responsible for the illnesses. Salmonella is a bacterium strain that can cause illness in humans. It typically results in symptoms that affect the gastrointestinal tract. These symptoms can include nausea, stomach cramps, and diarrhea.

In severe cases, salmonella infections can spread beyond the stomach. Older people, young children, and people who are immunocompromised are at the greatest risk of developing serious complications from salmonella.

ProSource Statement

In an official statement, ProSource Produce explains that none of its products have tested positive for salmonella contamination. The company insists that the “voluntary recall is being conducted out of an abundance of caution, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), based on reported illnesses which have been associated with the possible consumption of fresh onions that originated in Chihuahua.”

The cases have been concentrated near Texas. One hundred and fifty-eight people in the Lone Star State have become infected with salmonella, while Oklahoma has reported 98 cases. The next-highest number of illnesses, 59, has been recorded in Virginia. Thirty-four other states have also reported scattered infections.

Despite this, the true number of infections could be much higher than reporting suggests. Salmonella illnesses typically don’t require hospitalization, and many otherwise healthy people recover from them without any need for medical attention.