Canada’s onion outbreak ongoing as 49 additional illnesses connected to Salmonella outbreak are reported

The Public Health Agency of Canada says an additional 49 Canadians have become sick due to an ongoing salmonella outbreak linked to red onions from the United States.

PHAC urged Canadians to not eat, use, sell or serve any red, white, yellow, and sweet yellow onions from Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California, USA, or any products made with these onions. If you are not sure where a red, yellow, white, or sweet yellow onion was grown, do not eat it.

Through a news release, the agency wrote that as of September 14, 2020, there have been 506 confirmed cases of Salmonella Newport illness linked to this outbreak in the following provinces: British Columbia (116), Alberta (292), Saskatchewan (34), Manitoba (25), Ontario (14), Quebec (24) and Prince Edward Island (1).

Onions grown in Canada are not affected by this advice so check for labels and locations when you’re grocery shopping.

If you have any onions in your home that are unlabelled, they should be thrown out. It is also recommended that you wash your hands and disinfect any surfaces after disposing of the potentially affected vegetables.

~Wakenya Canada

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