On July 31, 2020, the FDA and CDC issued an outbreak investigation over onions grown by Thomson International of Bakersfield, California. The outbreak involves reports of Salmonella Newport, a specific strain of salmonella. The investigation, conducted in coordination with Canadian authorities, has singled out Thomson’s red onions in both the United States and Canada as the culprits, which to date have sickened around 400 people in the U.S. and another 115 in Canada.
The recall, however, is not limited to red onions. According to the FDA:
Thomson International, Inc. has notified FDA that it will be recalling all varieties of onions that could have come in contact with potentially contaminated red onions, due to the risk of cross-contamination. This recall would include red, white, yellow, and sweet onions from Thomson International, Inc.
A number of retailers are affected, including Food Lion, Kroger, and Walmart, and include both onions as well as certain prepared salads.
Aldi is one of the sellers of Thomson onions through the distributor Onions 52. For that reason, Aldi has issued a recall of select sweet, red, white, and yellow onions. The UPC codes and states affected are listed in the Aldi recall press release below. Customers are advised to either throw out the onions or return them to Aldi for a full refund.
While cooking foods can kill salmonella, health experts strongly advise not eating recalled food, even if the food has been cooked or cleaned.
ALDI Voluntarily Recalls Assorted Onions from Onions 52 Due to Possible
Salmonella Newport Contamination
Batavia, Ill. (July 31, 2020) – In partnership with Onions 52, ALDI has voluntarily recalled assorted onions as a precautionary measure due to possible Salmonella Newport contamination.
ALDI has removed all red, white and yellow onions from select ALDI stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The company also removed sweet onions from select stores in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The items were also available for purchase through the company’s partnership with Instacart, a grocery delivery service.
The affected products and UPC codes can be found below:
ALDI takes the safety and integrity of the products it sells seriously. If customers have product affected by this voluntary recall, they should discard it immediately or return it to their local store for a full refund. Consumers with additional questions can contact Onions 52 Customer Service at 801-200-1330. ALDI sincerely regrets any inconvenience and concern this voluntary recall may cause.
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