(BREAKING WIDE) — Salmonella Outbreak: All 50 states linked to it is due to onions.
July 24th, Federal health officials said that a Salmonella outbreak of unknown origin is spreading rapidly, increasing to 23 states. Now there are 212 patients, which is up by 87 cases since the CDC’s outbreak announcement.
The announcements from the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control said the recent Salmonella Newport outbreak that has hit the U.S and infected nearly 400 people may be linked to several onion brands.
The government agencies’ public safety announce that Thomson International Inc., a California-based grower, packer, shipper and supplier has voluntarily recalled a variety of onions for potential Salmonella contamination.
The onions that are in question were shipped from May 1 to present and were distributed in cartons weighing between five and 50 pounds and mesh sacks between two and 50 pounds. Red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions are included in the recall among Thomson’s 11 brands, including: Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions and Food Lion.
Salmonella outbreak update: Do not eat, serve, or sell onions from Thomson International, Inc., or food made with them. This includes red, white, yellow, and sweet onions. 396 illnesses in 34 states. Read more: https://t.co/sXutSqNWqj pic.twitter.com/2U9jDS8YAf
— foodsafety.gov (@foodsafetygov) August 1, 2020
States with discovered Salmonella Newport strains: Alaska: 6, Arizona: 14, California: 49, Colorado: 10, Florida: 3, Idaho: 5, Illinois: 10, Indiana: 2, Iowa: 15, Kansas: 1, Kentucky: 1, Maine: 4, Maryland: 1, Michigan: 23, Minnesota: 10, Missouri: 6, Montana: 33, Nebraska: 5, Nevada: 5, New York: 4, North Carolina: 3, North Dakota: 5, Ohio: 7, Oregon: 71, Pennsylvania: 2, South Carolina: 1, South Dakota: 11, Tennessee: 5, Texas: 1, Utah: 61, Virginia: 4, Washington: 2, Wisconsin: 5 and Wyoming: 11
The FDA and CDC have urged customers, retailers and restaurants to throw out the recalled products, plus any onions that do not disclose a source of origin. As of Sunday, 396 people have contracted a salmonella-related illness in 34 states, according to recent data from the CDC. Fifty-nine of these cases have required hospitalization.
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Salmonella Outbreak: All 50 states linked to it is due to onions.