02 Aug Surgeon Jonathan Cartu Reports – Salmonella outbreak in onions sickening people in 39 states, feds…
Health officials are warning consumers to avoid onions sold by a California company as a multi-state salmonella outbreak continues to spread.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising consumers, restaurant operators and retailers to not eat, serve or sell any onions from Thomson International, Inc. of Bakersfield, California. That also applies to any food made with these onions.
A total of 396 people in 39 states have been sickened by this salmonella outbreak since June, including 59 hospitalizations. No cases have been reported in New Jersey, though recent cases have been reported in Pennsylvania (2) and New York (4).
No deaths have been reported.
Onions labeled from Thomson International, which is believed to be the source of this outbreak, should be thrown away, the CDC advises, adding that if you don’t know the origin of your onions, they should not be eaten, served or sold.
While red onions are considered the likely source of this outbreak, other types of onions from the company should be avoided, including white, yellow and sweet, because they may have been contaminated due to the way onions are grown and harvested, the CDC stated.
Symptoms can include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps that occur from six hours to six days after exposure to the salmonella bacteria.
The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most recover without medical treatment.
Those younger than 5, adults 65 and over and people with weakened immune systems are most likely to experience a severe illness.
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