Recall: Red Onions, Salmonella, & You – Throw Em Out
Red onions are delicious. They have a certain bite. A certain tanginess.
Really, they're more of a purple than red. Red onions are the pretty onion.
And as far as I know, red onions are pretty much served raw. In salads. Both the regular green, leafy kind and also tuna & chicken.
Red onions also go on sandwiches. That's what they serve at Subway. And on burgers.
And salsa! Red onions absolutely shine in salsa. They even give a little more bite to guacamole.
But right now, some red onions sold through a distributor in Bakersfield, California are being recalled because of salmonella
Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California is recalling Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions shipped from May 1, 2020 through the present. The onions are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. (FDA)
And these onions (along with others) were shipped and distributed to all 50 states, DC, and Canada.
396 total illnesses have been reported to date including 59 hospitalizations with 23 cases in Michigan. (FDA)
So what do you do with your onions?
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. (FDA)