FDA linked red onions from Bakersfield to a multi-state salmonella outbreak

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CNN NEWSOURCE) — The Food and Drug Administration has linked red onions from a Bakersfield-based distributor to a multi-state outbreak of salmonella.

Almost 400 people in 31 states have gotten sick.

The likely source of the infected onions comes from Thomson International, INC in Bakersfield.

The company says it is recalling all varieties of onions due to the risk of cross-contamination.

The onions were distributed in bulk cartons, 2 lb. mesh sacks, and 3 lb. mesh sacks, 5 lb. mesh sacks, 10 lb. mesh sacks under the brand names TII Premium, El Competitor, Hartley, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Utah Onions and Food Lion, according to Thomson International, INC.

The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the first cases of salmonella were reported between June 19 and July 11.

The FDA is still investigating the outbreak.

Statement from Thomson International, INC:

“Consumers who have any Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions under the above brand names, or who cannot tell if their onions are from Thomson International, should immediately discard these products and disinfect any surfaces that came into contact with the onions. Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling Kim Earnshaw at 661-845-1111.”

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