Fresh onions in an undetermined quantity are being voluntarily recalled due to rising salmonella infection across 37 states in the country.
FDA Recalls Raw Onions Linked To Salmonella Outbreak
In a recently published article in MSN News, ProSource Produce claimed the entire raw onions, such as red, white, and yellow, are possibly contaminated with salmonella, according to a recall notice issued to the Food and Drug Administration website on Thursday.
The recall comes a day after the CDC revealed a connection between the onions, which were imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and marketed by ProSource, situated in Hailey, Idaho. Keeler Family Farms of Deming, New Mexico, announced a second onion recall on Friday.
Furthermore, As of Oct. 18, 652 persons have been affected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Oranienburg from 37 states, according to the CDC’s food safety advisory. As additional illnesses are recorded, the number of cases is projected to rise, according to a published report in Yahoo News.
Salmonella Outbreak Reaches 37 States
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas has the most cases in the continuing outbreak, with 158, followed by Oklahoma with 98. There are 59 instances in Virginia, 58 in Maryland, 37 in Illinois, 25 in Wisconsin, 23 in Minnesota, and 21 in Missouri.
The following are the states having 14 or fewer cases of Salmonella, according to a published article in NBC Washington:
- North Carolina
- New York
- New Mexico
- South Dakota
- New Jersey
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- Utah, Georgia
- West Virginia.
Meanwhile, the CDC said that the exact number of sick persons in the Salmonella outbreak is very certainly significantly larger than the reported figure, and the outbreak may not be restricted to states where illnesses have been identified. Because many patients heal without medical attention and are not tested for Salmonella, this is the case.
In a published article in SELF, Salmonella infection symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pains, and fever, which commonly appear six hours to six days after consuming infected food. In most cases, the infection goes away on its own within a week. However, a salmonella infection may occasionally turn more serious. Salmonella symptoms are more severe in children under the age of five, persons over the age of 65, and those with compromised immune systems.
Needless to say, the CDC warned residents in the mentioned states to throw away these onions. The agency also urged everyone not to buy and eat the affected onions most especially those that do not have packaging.