October 5, 2020

Three Salmonella Outbreaks in Peaches, Onions, Wood Ear Mushrooms

There are currently three Salmonella outbreaks ongoing in the United States right now. Altogether they have sickened at least 1,131 people and hospitalized 163. The outbreaks are linked to Wawona peaches, Thomson International Onions, and imported Wismettac Asian Foods wood ear mushrooms, also known as dried black fungus. While there are usually three to four multistate Salmonella outbreaks that occur every year in the United States, it's unusual to have three active outbreaks at the same time. The Salmonella Newport outbreak linked to Thomson International red onions has not been updated by the government in a month. As of September 1, 2020, there are 1,012 people sick in 47 states, with 136 hospitalized. The recall of those onions was terminated yesterday by the FDA, which may … [Read more...]

FDA Terminates Recall of Thomson International Onions

The FDA has terminated the recall of Thomson International red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions for possible Salmonella contamination. The usual recall notice does include photos of product labels that will help consumers identify the recalled products. But information about the Salmonella outbreak that is linked to those onions is incorrect. The recall notice states, "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." The … [Read more...]

CDC Updates Salmonella Newport Red Onion Outbreak: 869 Sick

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the Salmonella Newport red onion outbreak that has now sickened at least 869 people in 47 states. One hundred sixteen people are hospitalized because they are so sick. That is an additional 229 ill persons since the last update on August 7, 2020, including 9 from 4 new states: Arkansas, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Texas. The patient case count by state is: Alaska (15), Alabama (1), Arizona (35), Arkansas (2), California (115), Colorado (25), Connecticut (2), Delaware (2), Florida (5), Georgia (6), Hawaii (3), Idaho (34), Illinois (49), Indiana (3), Iowa (23), Kansas  (2), Kentucky (1), Maine (5), Maryland (7), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (44), Minnesota (18), Mississippi (4), Missouri (10), Montana (63), Nebraska (10), … [Read more...]

Red Onion Salmonella Newport Outbreak Has Now Sickened 869

The huge red onion Salmonella Newport outbreak has now sickened at least 869 people in 47 states. One hundred sixteen people have been hospitalized. Many primary and secondary recalls for the Thomson International onions, the brand the FDA believes is linked to this outbreak, have been issued in the past few weeks. The patient case count by state is: Alaska (15), Alabama (1), Arizona (35), Arkansas (2), California (115), Colorado (25), Connecticut (2), Delaware (2), Florida (5), Georgia (6), Hawaii (3), Idaho (34), Illinois (49), Indiana (3), Iowa (23), Kansas  (2), Kentucky (1), Maine (5), Maryland (7), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (44), Minnesota (18), Mississippi (4), Missouri (10), Montana (63), Nebraska (10), Nevada (11), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (1), New … [Read more...]

Salmonella Newport Onion Outbreak Sickens 640 in 43 States

The Salmonella Newport onion outbreak has now sickened at least 640 people in 43 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eighty-five people have been hospitalized because they are so ill. The case count by state is: Alaska (6), Alabama (1), Arizona (14), California (76), Colorado (14), Connecticut (2), Delaware (1), Florida (3), Georgia (1), Idaho (26), Illinois (41), Indiana (2), Iowa (20), Kansas (2), Kentucky (1), Maine (4), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (36), Minnesota (14), Mississippi (2), Missouri (6), Montana (52), Nebraska (10), Nevada (8), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (1), New York (5), North Carolina (5), North Dakota (8), Ohio (8), Oregon (85), Pennsylvania (9), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (5), Utah (90), … [Read more...]

FDA Weighs In on Multistate Red Onion Salmonella Newport Outbreak

The FDA is weighing in on the multistate red onion Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened at least 396 people in 34 states. The FDA is collaborating with the Public Health Agency of Canada, where more than a hundred people are sick with the same strain of Salmonella Newport. On July 30, 2020, Canadian health officials announced they had determined that red onions from the U.S. were a potential source of the outbreak. Sysco red onions that were imported from the United States were recalled in that country. Then on August 1, 2020, Thomson International recalled all varieties of onions in the U.S. and Canada that could have come into contact with the potentially contaminated red onions, including yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions grown and packaged by that company. The … [Read more...]

Thomson International Red Onions Recalled in Canada For Salmonella

Thomson International red onions, as well as yellow, white, and sweet onions imported from the U.S. into Canada are being recalled for potential Salmonella contamination. The onions were sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Possibly National, Saskatchewan, Yukon at the retail level. Red, white, yellow, and sweet yellow onions grown by Thomson International of Bakersfield, California are recalled. No one should eat those onions, or any foods made with the onions. The products may also have been purchased online or through different restaurants. They may also have been sold in bulk or in smaller packages with or without a label and may or may not have the same brand or product names described below. The recalled brands listed include El … [Read more...]

Thomson International Onions Recalled For Possible Salmonella

Thomson International onions are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination and a potential link to a multistate Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened almost 400 people in the U.S. and more than a hundred in Canada. The recalled onions were shipped from May 1, 2020 through the present. The red, white, sweet, and yellow onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states in addition to the District of Columbia and Canada. The brand names on the onions include Thomson  Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions, and Food Lion. The onions were distributed in 5 pound cartons, 10 pound cartons, 25 pound cartons, 40 pound cartons, 50 … [Read more...]

Thomson International Onions Linked to Salmonella Newport Outbreak

Thomson International Onions, in yellow, red, white, and sweet varieties, are linked to the large multistate Salmonella Newport outbreak, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 396 people in 34 states are now ill in this outbreak. Fifty-nine people have been hospitalized because they are so ill. The case count by state is: Alaska (6), Arizona (14), California (49), Colorado (10), Florida (3), Idaho (5), Illinois (10), Indiana (2), Iowa (15), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Maine (4), Maryland (1), Michigan (23), Minnesota (10), Missouri (6), Montana (33), Nebraska (5), Nevada (5), New York (4), North Carolina (3), North Dakota (5), Ohio (7), Oregon (71), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (1), South Dakota (11), Tennessee (5), Texas (1), … [Read more...]

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