CDC has recently said that fresh whole onions have been connected to a growing salmonella outbreak around the US. Fresh entire red, white, and yellow onions supplied from restaurants to grocery shops are now linked with salmonella infection in 37 US states. As per the report from CDC, nearly 652 people have been affected across the US, and 129 have been hospitalized. This is caused due to onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, which is supplied by a company named ProSource Inc.
Between July 1 to August 27, the company stated that these onions were imported. Chances are there that these onions might still be found in the marketplace, restaurants, homes. Right now these are available in 37 different states.
The investigators are trying to find out if the incident is related to any other onions or suppliers. A voluntary call is being performed out of an extra precaution in collaboration with the FDA based on reports of sickness linked to the possible ingestion of fresh onions from Chihuahua, Mexico. CDC has issued specific recommendations to curb the transmission of the disease. The storage where the onions are kept should be investigated. CDC advises not buying and consuming onions which place of origins cannot be identified.
It is believed by the CDC that these onions might have come in contact with clean and disinfected surfaces or containers, warm soapy water. If any red, white, or yellow onions were imported and supplied from the aforementioned locations then it should not be bought or consumed. Onions that do not contain any company’s packaging or label should not be bought.
The company ProSource Inc. has stated that “while investigations into various potential sources of Salmonella remain ongoing, to date no onions marketed through ProSource have tested positive for Salmonella. This voluntary recall is being conducted out of an abundance of caution, in cooperation with the FDA, based on reported illnesses which have been associated with the possible consumption of fresh onions that originated in Chihuahua, MX.”
Details about Salmonella –
Salmonella is a kind of bacteria that causes the most food-related illness in the US. It cannot be seen, tasted or smelled. Salmonellosis is the name given to the disease caused by these bacteria. This infection is widespread. Every year tens of millions of cases are reported around the world. In severe cases, people need to go to the hospital. In rare cases, it is life-threatening.
Infections are more common in the summer than in the winter because Salmonella proliferates in higher temperatures. People and animals can carry Salmonella in their faeces and intestines. Contaminated foods spread the bacteria.
Symptoms of Salmonella as per CDC –
- Bloody diarrhoea
- Signs of dehydration
- Not urinating much
- Dry mouth and throat
- Dizziness when standing up, diarrhoea with fever
Symptoms usually appear six hours to six days after the bacterium is ingested. Without medication, most individuals recover in four to seven days. But people with weaker immune systems may have more severe diseases that need medical care or hospitalization.