By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Public Health Agency of Canada reported 49 additional Salmonella illnesses linked to red onions imported from the United States. This brings the outbreak total to 506 confirmed cases in Canada.

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The confirmed cases of Salmonella Newport illness linked to this outbreak in the following provinces: British Columbia (116), Alberta (292), Saskatchewan (34), Manitoba (25), Ontario (14), Quebec (24) and Prince Edward Island (1).

Two people have died, but Salmonella did not contribute to the cause of death for either individual.

In Canada, based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to red onions imported from the USA has been identified as a likely source of the outbreak. Onions grown in Canada are not affected.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says until more is known about the outbreak, do not eat, use, sell or serve any red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions grown by Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California, USA, or any products made with these onions. This advice applies to all individuals across Canada, as well as retailers, distributors, manufacturers and food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals and nursing homes.