According to the Food and Drug Administration, an outbreak of salmonella bacteria related to onions has led to the recall of Spokane Produce’s salsa products.
Products include 15 oz. Hot, Medium and Light Saddlin ‘Up Salsa jars, as well as Salsa Verde in 15 oz. and gallon size containers. The best buy dates are between August 16 and September 30.
Earlier this week, the FDA warned of red and yellow onions being sold by Progressive Produce, the company that distributes to Trader Joe and Ralph̵7;s grocery stores, mainly in the West Bank. Purple onion has the label Pacific Gold.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a total of 640 salmonella cases in 43 states involving red, white, yellow and sweet onions distributed by Thomson International. At least 85 people have been hospitalized. Those who were sick reported eating onions in freshly processed foods, including salads, sandwiches, tacos, salsas and sauces.
The latest recall involves Thomson International, Progressive’s corporate supplier.
Some brands of onions include: Tender Loving Care; Competitor El; Hartley’s Best; Onion 52; Majestic; Kroger; and Food Lion. Deli food and veggie mixes made with potentially contaminated onions are part of the recall, including Taylor Farms’ pasta and pasta salads and chicken croissants sold at Kroger.
Salmonella infection can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, and fever. Symptoms can start six hours to six days after eating the contaminated food and can last up to a week. Most people recover without treatment.
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