Do not eat, serve, or sell Thomson International Inc.’s recalled onions or foods made with these onions. That’s the warning issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recalled onions — which include red, white, yellow, and sweet varieties — have been linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections.
The onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. They were distributed in 5 lbs. cartons; 10 lbs. cartons; 25 lbs. cartons; 40 lbs. cartons: 50 lbs. cartons; bulk; 2 lb. mesh sacks, 3 lb. mesh sacks, 5 lb. mesh sacks, 10 lb. mesh sacks, 25 lbs. mesh sacks, and 50 lbs. mesh sacks; and sold under the following brand names:
- Thomson International
- Thomson Premium
- TLC Thomson International
- Tender Loving Care
- El Competitor
- Hartley’s Best
- Onion 52
- Imperial Fresh
- Utah Onions
- Food Lion
As of July 29, the onions have been linked to 396 cases of Salmonella poisonings in 34 states, which have resulted in 59 hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported, to date. Illnesses were reported from June 19, 2020, to July 12, 2020.
Most people who become infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps six hours to six days after being exposed to the bacteria. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. But for some, the illness may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then throughout the body. Those most at risk for severe illness include children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems.
Consumers who have any Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions under the above brand names, or who cannot tell if their onions are from Thomson International, should immediately discard these products and disinfect any surfaces that came into contact with the onions. Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling Kim Earnshaw at 661-845-1111.