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.

Recalls and Alerts: July 30 – August 1, 2020


Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert.

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United States

OUTBREAK ALERT UPDATE: CDC has received reports of 396 Salmonella Newport infections in 34 states. Fifty-nine of the outbreak victims have been hospitalized. According to FDA, the outbreak is probably linked to consumtion of red onions supplied by Thomson International, Inc. of Bakersfield, CA. Thomson has informed FDA that the company will be recalling all varieties of onions that could have come in contact with potentially contaminated red onions. This includes red, white, yellow, and sweet onions. Consumers, retailers and food service establishments are advised to avoid serving or eating any onions supplied by Thomson International.

PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for ready-to-eat (RTE) beef and chicken taquitos and chimichangas products containing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated diced green chilies that have been recalled by the producer, Sun Valley Foods, due to concerns that the products may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic. Please refer to the official notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: SmithFoods Inc. recalls three flavors of Earth Grown Vegan Non-Dairy Almond Based Frozen Desserts Earth Grown Vegan Non-Dairy Almond Based Frozen Desserts due to undeclared cashews. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: JBS Food Canada ULC recalls approximately 38,406 pounds of boneless beef head meat products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

 

Canada

OUTBREAK ALERT UPDATE: PHAC has received reports of 114 Salmonella Newport infections in British Columbia (43), Alberta (55), Manitoba (13), Ontario (2), and Prince Edward Island (1). Sixteen of the outbreak victims have been hospitalized. PHAC and CFIA report that the outbreak is probably linked to red onions imported into Western Canada by Sysco. Please refer to the recall notice below.

Allergy Alert: Metro Ontario Inc. recalls Selection brand Chocolate Drink Mix (425g; All Best Before dates up to and including 2021 OC 31 A; UPC 0 59749 96229 2) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall: Sysco recalls IMPERIAL FRESH brand Red Onions – Jumbo (10-lb and 25-lb bags; Product codes 8399925 & 8313967, respectively; All products imported since May 24, 2020; Product of USA), as the onions have been identified as the probable cause of an outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections in five provinces. The recalled products were sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Western Ontario.

Food Safety Recall: SJ Fine Foods Ltd. recalls Grimm’s Fine Foods brand Grimm’s Bavarian Bacon & Cheddar Smokies (450g; Best before Best Before 2020SE04; UPC 0 55898 14165 6) due to foreign matter (pieces of metal) contamination.

Europe

Allergy Alert (France): Industry recalls ARO brand Ail semoule fine / fine garlim semolina (1 Kg; Lot #19317) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (Germany): MEGA Fleisch GmbH recalls four salami products due to undeclared mustard and soy. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Cora recalls Nature Bio brand BARQUETTE DE 2 FILETS DE POULET BIO / tray containing two organic chicken breasts (Lot #2020035938; Expiration date 06/08/2020) due to Salmonella Typhimurium contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Albert Heijn recalls Albert Heijn brand Franse scharrelkipfilet / boneless chicken breasts (340g; Expiration date 06-08-2020 & 07-08- 2020) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Finland): Gold & Green Foods Oy recalls Nyhtökaura® dumplings and Delikaura™ dumplings manufactured during July 2020 due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Carrefour Bio brand 6 crêpes moelleuses Bio au sucre de canne / 6 soft crêpes with cane sugar (All lots beginning with 188; Use by 26/07/2020) due to Listeria contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Industry recalls NIXE brand Salade Niçoise au thon (280g; Best before 15/07/2023), NIXE brand Salade Mexicaine au thon (280g; Best before 16/07/2023 & 17/07/2023) and NIXE brand Salade Américaine au thon (280g; Best before 16/07/2023 & 17/07/2023) due to improper sterilization. Please refer to the recall notice for additional details.

Food Safety Recall (France): HENRI RAFFIN recalls Henri Raffin brand Terrine de porc et canard / Pork & duck terrine (150g; Lot #02048019; Best before 26/08/2020) due to Listeria contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Carrefour brand Salade au thon Italienne (250g; Best before 09/07/2023; Lots juillet 2020 à juillet 2023) due to improper sterilization.

Food Safety Recall (France): NATURENVIE recalls Jardin Bio brand Ravioli au bœuf / Beef ravioli (700g jar; Lot #E049; Expiration date 18/02/2023) due to foreign matter contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Auchan recalls Saupiquet brand Moules à l’escabèche / mussels (110g; Lot 08.08.2021) due to foreign matter (metal pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Tsang Lin Industries Ltd recalls various jelly cups and jelly candies due to a choking hazard. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Salumificio cardinali recalls salame lardellato / larded salami (Lot #16) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): PELOSO PARIDE recalls AZIENDA AGRICOLA IL VALLONE DI CRIVELLI MATTIA FORMAGGELLA DEL LUINESE DOP cheese (variable weights; Lot 18E; various Best before dates) due to shigatoxin-producing E. coli contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for additional details.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Industry recalls various Bio Nature brand and LES FERMIERS DE LOUÉ brand poultry cuts due to Salmonella Typhimurium contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Industry recalls BARQUETTE DE 2 FILETS DE POULET BIO / tray containing two organic chicken breasts (Lot #2020035938; Expiration date 06/08/2020) due to Salmonella Typhimurium contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Albert Heijn recalls five Albert Heijn brand free-range chicken products due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Bread Spread Ltd recalls all sandwiches, wraps, rolls and baguettes containing chicken due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination in the chicken filling. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Pet Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Ecoclavis recalls Barf Buffet Carcasse de Dinde / turkey carcass frozen patties (800g; All lots sold since 2016) due to presence of undeclared bone, which represents a hazard to small dogs and to puppies.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

OUTBREAK ALERT (JORDAN): According to a report in The Jerusalem Post, one child is dead and 700 were poisoned after consuming spoiled shwarma from a food stand in Amman, Jordan.

Allergy Alert (Israel): Alpha Mega Food Ltd. recalls Oatmeal Cookies Sweetened with Fructose (250g; Best before 19.11.2020 & 02.10.2020; Product of Russia) due to undeclared sesame.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (Australia): Gerns Continental Smallgoods Pty Ltd recalls Gerns Smallgoods thin beef sausages (1.880kg; Use By 04-08-2020; Best Before 06-08-2020) due to foreign matter (plastic) contamination.

BREAKING NEWS – FDA Identifies Probable Source of Salmonella-contaminated Red Onions


FDA traceback investigations have identified Thomson International, Inc. of Bakersfield, CA as a likely source of potentially contaminated red onions believed to be the source of a fulminating outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections in the United States and Canada.

The outbreak which began in mid-June in both countries, has infected 114 individuals in 5 Canadian provinces and 396 people across 34 US states.

Fifty-nine people have been hospitalized in the USA and 16 in Canada.

Thomson International has advised FDA that the company will be recalling  all varieties of onions that could have come in contact with potentially contaminated red onions, including red, white, yellow, and sweet onions.

The contaminated onions were distributed in Canada by Sysco, which has already issued a recall for its IMPERIAL FRESH – Jumbo red onions.

Consumers, retailers and food service establishments should avoid eating, selling or serving red, white, yellow or sweet onions from Thomson International.