By NewsDesk @bactiman63
In a follow-up on the multistate Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak linked to onions imported from Mexico, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports an additional 156 cases, bringing the outbreak total to 808.
Thirty seven states and Puerto Rico (the latest place to record cases-3) have reported cases with Texas (185), Oklahoma (107), Virginia (66) and Maryland (60) reporting the most.
To date, 157 people required hospitalization for their illness and no deaths have been recorded.
Multiple companies have recalled onions. All recalled onions were supplied by ProSource Produce LLC and Keeler Family Farms and imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, between July 1, 2021, and August 31, 2021.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued an advisory for recalled onions that were imported to Canada. To date, there are no illnesses in Canada linked to this outbreak.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends restaurants, retailers and consumers not eat, sell or serve recalled onions, or products containing recalled onions.
Onions may last up to three months if stored in a cool, dry place. Restaurants, retailers, and consumers who suspect having purchased such onions may still have them in storage and should not eat, sell, or serve them, and should throw them out.
FDA recommends that anyone who received or suspects having received recalled onions use extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with these products to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. This includes cleaning and sanitizing cutting boards, slicers, countertops, refrigerators, displays, and storage bins.
Consumers who have symptoms of Salmonella infection should contact their health care provider. Most people with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. More severe cases of salmonellosis may include a high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, a rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases may become fatal.
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