Salads with Onions sold at Wal-Mart, Kroger and H-E-B Recalled for Salmonella Contamination
Various products including salads sold at Wal-Mart, Kroger and H-E-B stores are included in a new public health alert because they contain recalled onions that are tainted with salmonella. According to a USA Today news report, the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Inspection Service issued the alert Wednesday night for ready-to-eat meat and poultry products that contain onions that have been recalled by Thomson International Inc. because of concerns that the products may be tainted with Salmonella Newport.
Details of the Recall
Taylor Farms Texas announced in its recall notice that it was voluntarily recalling products containing onions because of the expanded onion recall initiated by Thomson International. The products were sold at some Wal-Mart and Kroger stores. Thomson, which is based in Bakersfield, California, recalled all red, white, yellow and sweet yellow onions shipped from May 1 through the present out of concern they might be affected.
The recall came after health officials announced they were investigating a salmonella outbreak tied to red onions, which has caused nearly 400 cases across 34 states this month. However, while the red onions potentially contaminated with salmonella were shipped to supermarkets and restaurants in all 50 states and Canada, the products in the new health alert were sent to retail locations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Consumers who have purchased these products or those who have them in their refrigerators are urged not to consume them.
Dangers of Salmonella
Those who become ill from salmonella typically have symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps from six hours to six days after eating the contaminated food. People with more severe infections may have high fever, aches, lethargy, rashes and blood in the urine or stool. Salmonella infections can also become fatal. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salmonella leads to about 420 deaths annually in the United States and thousands of hospitalizations each year.
If you or a loved one has been sickened because of a tainted food product, it would be in your best interest to get prompt medical attention and report your illness to the local health care agency, which tracks outbreaks. An experienced food poisoning lawyer will be able to help you secure compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress.