A California based company is conducting a voluntary recall of red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions sold through several major retailers, including Walmart, due to a possible salmonella risk.
According to the FDA Thomson International Inc., of Bakersfield, California, is recalling onions shipped from May 1st through present out of an abundance of caution following a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections. A report states onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Impacted onions include 2, 3, 5, 10, 25, and 50 pound bulk mesh sacks and 5, 10, 25, 40, and 50 pound cartons sold under the brand names Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions, and Food Lion.
Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve red, white, yellow, or sweet onions from Thomson International, Inc. or products containing such onions. As of now no specific source of contamination or contaminated shipment has been identified but the FDA is encouraging everyone to immediately discard these products and disinfect any surfaces that have come into contact with the onions.
The FDA states 396 total illnesses have been reported to date including one in Kentucky, five in Tennessee, ten in Illinois, six in Missouri, and two in Indiana.