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47 States Reported A Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Onions

Hello Fresh, Walmart, and Trader Joe’s have all been linked to the outbreak.

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The FDA reported a salmonella outbreak on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020. They are urging people to Check their home for recalled onions and recalled foods from Thomson International, Inc. Popular retailers of Thomas International products include Walmart, Kroger, Publix, Ralph’s, Trader Joe’s, Food Lion, and Giant Eagle. The biggest offender is the popular food kit delivery service, Hello Fresh.

There are some conflicting reports on the date range of purchased contaminated onions, but to be safe, you should toss out any onions purchased from the above retailers between May 15th and August 6th. All surfaces that come into contact with the onions should be disinfected.

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The CDC followed up with a report saying at least 869 cases of salmonella infection in 47 states linked to Thomson International onions. According to NBC News, “There have been 116 people, ranging in ages from 1 year to 102, hospitalized since the illnesses were first reported in June.”

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The outbreak has been found in a variety of onions, including red, white, yellow, and sweet yellow. If you use Hello Fresh, you can check the bottom of the shipping label on your box for the product code. Make sure it’s not on this list of recalled onions from the FDA.

According to the Mayo Clinic, possible signs and symptoms of salmonella include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, headache, and/or blood in the stool. Signs and symptoms of salmonella infection generally last two to seven days.

Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling Kim Earnshaw at 661-845-1111.