By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
In a follow-up on the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections linked to onions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) an additional 229 ill people in this outbreak, including 9 from 4 new states: Arkansas, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Texas.
A total of 869 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from 47 states. 116 hospitalizations have been reported. No deaths have been reported.
The traceback information collected from several of these illness clusters identified Thomson International, Inc., of Bakersfield, California, as a likely source of red onions. Due to the way onions are grown and harvested, other onion types, such as white, yellow, or sweet yellow, may also be contaminated. Traceback is ongoing to determine if other onions are linked to the outbreak.
CDC says do not eat, serve, or sell recalled onions from Thomson International, Inc., and other companies or foods made with recalled onions. Recalled onion types include red, white, yellow, and sweet yellow varieties.
Foods made with recalled onions such as cheese dips or spreads, salsas, and chicken salads have also been recalled. Foods were sold at multiple grocery store chains. View the list of recalled onions and foods here.
Check your home for recalled onions and recalled foods from Thomson International, Inc. and other companies, including Food Lion, Giant Eagle, Kroger, Publix, Ralph’s, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart onions.
If you can’t tell where your onions are from, don’t eat them. Throw them away.
If you used recalled onions to make any other food or don’t know where those onions were from, don’t eat the food. Throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one got sick.