Fresh onions have been identified as the source of a widespread salmonella outbreak across 37 states including California.
According to a CBS news report, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) concluded that fresh, whole, red, white, and yellow onions that were imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and distributed by ProSource Inc., are behind this nationwide outbreak.
The contaminated onions could cause serious illness and put consumers at risk.
Details of the Recall
The onions were sold to U.S. restaurants and grocery stores and were last imported on August 27. But, according to the CDC, the potentially tainted onions could still be in homes and businesses due to the product’s shelf life of up to three months. As of last week, 652 salmonella illnesses and 129 hospitalizations from the disease have been reported in 37 states including California, Texas, Virginia, and Illinois. CDC officials say the outbreak was reported between May 31 to Sept. 31.
Officials say the number of cases is likely higher than the number that has been reported because of the time it takes to classify a sick person as part of the outbreak and how often those with salmonella recover without being tested or receiving medical care. The CDC has urged businesses not to serve fresh, whole onions that were imported from Chihuahua and distributed by ProSource, and has asked the public not to consume these onions. So far, no deaths have been reported.
Food safety officials are also encouraging consumers to discard onions that don’t have proper stickers or packaging that indicate the brand and country where the item was grown. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps usually six hours to six days after a person consumes food with the bacteria. The illness can also lead to serious conditions such as infection of the urine, blood, bones, joints, spinal fluid, and the brain.
If You Have Been Affected
If you or a loved one has been sickened after eating these products, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the food producer, processor, retailer, or other parties along the supply chain whose negligence may have caused or contributed to your illness. It is important that you get prompt medical attention and report your illness to your local healthcare agency. Contact an experienced California food poisoning lawyer who will help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.