Red, white, yellow, and sweet yellow onions under various brands have been recalled nationwide for possible salmonella contamination. There have been hundreds of cases reported and many hospitalizations including several in North Carolina.
Included in this recall are the brand names:
- Food lion
- Thomson Premium
- Thomson International TLC
- Loving care
- The best of Hartley
- Onion 52
- Majestic, Imperial Fresh
- Utah onion
- Onion Del Monte Fresh Produce, NA, Inc. sold at Publix
Update 8-8-20: Additional brand names that have been included in the onion recall include Del Monte Fresh Produce, NA, Inc. onions. sold at Publix, including stores in North Carolina. See details on the Publix website.
Food lion and Walmart A recall has also been issued for these types of onions.
If you have any onions from these brands or you cannot know if your onions are from Thomson International, you “should immediately discard these products and disinfect any surfaces. contact with onions, “according to the recall.
You can also return any recalled onions with a receipt to the place of purchase for a refund.
At the time of recall, a total of 396 cases were reported including 3 cases in North Carolina and a total of 59 hospitalizations.
The withdrawal notice on the FDA website says:
Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California, is recalling Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions shipped from May 1, 2020 to present. Onions are being recalled because they are likely to become contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail elderly and others with weakened immune systems. . Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (possibly bloody), nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause the organism to enter the bloodstream and cause more serious illnesses such as infection of the arteries (i.e. infected aneurysm), endocarditis. conjunctivitis and arthritis.
Onions have been distributed to wholesalers, restaurants and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.
Onions are distributed in 5 lbs. carton box. 10 lbs. carton box. 25 lbs. carton box. 40 lbs. carton, 50 lbs. carton box. bulk bags, 2 lb net bags and 3 lb net bags, 5 lb net bags, and 10 lb 25 lbs net sacks. net sacks, 50 lbs. Thomson Premium branded mesh bags, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competition, Hartley’s Best, Onion 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onion and Food Lion.
Consumers, restaurants and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve red, white, yellow or sweet onions from Thomson International, Inc. or products containing such onions. If you cannot know if your onions are those of Thomson International Inc. or your food product contains such onion, you should not eat, sell or serve onions and should dispose of it.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, together with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are investigating a diverse outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections that may be associated with these onions, as Thus, Thomson International is taking onions with extreme caution. So far, the specific source of pollution has not been determined or the consignment is contaminated and the FDA is investigating other potential sources of pollution and has not come to a final conclusion.
396 total diseases have been reported to date including 59 hospitalizations. Countries with cases include: AK (6), AZ (14), CA (49), CO (10), FL (3), ID (5), IL (10), IN (2), IA (15), KS (1), KY (1), ME (4), MD (1), MI (23), MN (10), MO (6), MT (33), NE (5), NV (5), NY (4), NC (3), ND (5), OH (7), OR (71), PA (2), SC (1), SD (11), TN (5), TX (1), UT (61), VA (4), WA (2), WI (5) and WY (11).
Consumers with any red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions under the above brand names, or who cannot know if their onions are from Thomson International, should immediately discard these products and disinfect any surface in contact with onions. Consumers with questions can contact the company by calling Kim Earnshaw at 661-845-1111.
See full recall notice at fda.gov.