- Authorities warn of salmonella-contaminated onions.
- Hundreds of people have become ill in the US from eating salmonella-infected onions.
- They ask not to consume this type of onions or prepare any dish with them.
In a statement on its official website, the CDC reported that its experts and those of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as public health officials, are investigating in several states the salmonella outbreak that it would have arisen from the consumption of onions of the brand Thomson International Inc.
The CDC cautioned the general public not to consume Thomson International Inc.’s onions, or the products made from those onions.
Due to the situation, the CDC issued a food safety alert to warn consumers, restaurants and retailers not to eat, serve or sell onions from Thomson International Inc., which is based in California, also reported Fox 13.
CDC officials asked consumers to check their refrigerators to confirm that they had purchased a package of onions from Thomson International Inc., and if so, to throw it away immediately.
They pointed out that if it is not possible to verify where the onions come from, they should also be discarded, the same action that they recommend for those who prepared some food with onions without knowing their origin: “throw them away even if nobody got sick.”
Officials also advised consumers that if they are going to eat in restaurants or buy food to take home, they should make sure to check with sellers for the origin of the onions, and if they do not know, do not make the purchase.
Authorities also advised restaurants, distributors, and retail stores not to serve or sell any Thomson International Inc. onions, or meals prepared with them.
According to Fox 13, citing the FDA, Thomson International’s red onions have been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 396 people in 34 states of the United States and more than 100 people in Canada, the country to which that food has been exported. .
The CDC explained in the health advisory that the majority of those infected with salmonella suffer from diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps after 6 hours or 6 days of being exposed to the bacteria.