Ottawa County reporting 10 illnesses tied to Salmonella in onions

Marco Green
August 2, 2020

Public health officials in the US and Canda were able to trace the cases back to red onions from the California company.

US federal health officials say an outbreak of salmonella infecting almost 400 people in more than 30 states has been linked to red onions, and they identified a California company as the likely source.

"Investigators have determined that red onions imported from the United States are a likely source of the outbreak", reads PHAC's public health notice about the outbreak.

Across 34 states, almost 400 people have fallen ill due to a salmonella outbreak.

Red onions that were grown in Canada are not affected by this advisory.

In B.C., there have been 43 confirmed cases of the illness.

"If you can not tell if your onion is from Thomson International Inc., or your food product contains such onions, you should not eat, sell, or serve it, and should throw it out", according to the FDA. Canadian citizens are being warned against eating any red onions or products containing red onions that were imported from the U.S.

If you have red onions in your home, Public Health advises checking for any labels to indicate where the onion came from.

All surfaces that might have come into contact with onions or their packaging, such as countertops, refrigerator drawers, knives and cutting boards, should be washed and sanitized.

The agency says the investigation is ongoing, and it's possible that additional sources of infection will be identified and food recall warnings may be issued.

Symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, and can occur anywhere between six hours and six days following exposure to the bacteria.

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

The BCCDC says that anyone experiencing symptoms should contact their health care provider.

Two people in IN have contracted salmonella from onions, according to the CDC.

That includes any prepared foods made in the US which might contain them.

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