Onions recalled in US and Canada due to Salmonella outbreak


Thomson International, Inc. (Bakersfield, CA) has initiated a recall of Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions (shipped from May 1, 2020 through the present) after red onions supplied by the company were identified as the probable source of an outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections in the US and Canada.

Thomson has recalled the other varieties of onions as a precaution, as some of them may have come into contact with the red onions.

The recalled onions were supplied in 5 lbs. cartons, 10 lbs. carton, 25 lbs. carton, 40 lbs. cartons, 50 lbs. cartons, bulk, 2 lb. mesh sacks, 3 lb. mesh sacks, 5 lb. mesh sacks, 10 lb. mesh sacks, 25 lbs. mesh sacks, and 50 lbs. mesh sacks to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

The onions were sold under multiple brand names, including: 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 Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced an industry-wide recall of red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions grown by Thomson International Inc. and imported into Canada on or after May 1, 2020.

The onions were sold in Canada under multiple brand names, including: El Competidor, Imperial Fresh, Onions 52, Tender Loving Care, Thomson International, Thomson International Premium and Thomson Premium. They are known to have been distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Yukon, and may also have been shipped elsewhere in Canada.

Red onions grown and supplied by Thomson International are believed to be the source of an active outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections which has sickened 396 people in the United States and 120 people in seven Canadian provinces.

Authorities in both countries recommend that 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. If you cannot tell if your onion is from Thomson International Inc., or your food product contains such onions, you should not eat, sell, or serve it, and should throw it out.

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