Salmonella outbreak linked to onions: Throw away onions if you don’t know where they’re from, CDC says

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked fresh whole onions to a Growing and mysterious salmonella outbreak.

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one in food safety warning On Wednesday, the CDC said that as of October 18, 652 people from 37 states have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella oranienburg. The number of cases is expected to rise as more diseases are reported.

The outbreak was first reported in mid-September but the CDC, Food and Drug Administration and local health officials Did not identify food associated with diseases.


According to the CDC, the affected red, white or yellow onions were imported from Chihuahua, Mexico and distributed by ProSource Inc. The onions were sold to restaurants and grocery stores across the country.

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The CDC said in its update, “ProSource Inc. has indicated that onions were last imported on August 27, but these imported onions may last up to three months in storage and still be in homes and businesses. ” “Investigators are working to determine whether other onions and suppliers are linked to this outbreak.”

Onions have not yet been recalled, but the CDC says consumers should not buy or eat affected onions.

“Throw away any red, white, or yellow onions you have at home that don’t have a sticker or packaging,” the CDC said, noting that some may have packaging indicating ProSource as a brand. And they were grown in Mexico. “If you can’t tell where onions are from, don’t buy or eat them.”

According to the CDC, symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, abdominal cramps and dehydration, which can begin six hours to six days after exposure to the bacteria. Most people recover without treatment after four to seven days.

Onion in second in 2020 massive salmonella outbreak Calling back ended.

Onion Salmonella outbreak spread in 37 states

According to the CDC, Texas has the most cases in the ongoing outbreak with 158, followed by Oklahoma with 98 cases. There are 59 cases in Virginia, 58 in Maryland, 37 in Illinois, 25 in Wisconsin, 23 in Minnesota and 21 in Missouri.

Other states with cases have 14 or fewer: Kansas, North Carolina, Arkansas, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, California, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Dakota, Alabama, Iowa, South Carolina, Utah, Georgia, Mississippi, Oregon, Colorado, Indiana and West Virginia.

“The true number of sick people in an outbreak is much higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to states with known diseases,” the CDC said. “That’s because many people recover without medical care and are not tested for salmonella.”

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