Oct 21, 2021 - Health

CDC: Salmonella outbreak linked to whole onions

A close up of yellow onions

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The CDC announced on Thursday a salmonella outbreak linked to imported red, white and yellow onions.

Why it matters: The outbreak has now reached 37 states, with 652 illnesses and 129 hospitalizations, per the CDC alert.

Details: Fresh, whole onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, by ProSource Inc. are linked to the illness and should not be eaten, sold or served, the CDC said.

  • The agency is advising consumers to also throw out unlabeled onions and sanitize any surfaces that may have come into contact with the produce, per the announcement.
  • The tainted produce was last imported on Aug. 27, the CDC said.

Threat level: Most people recover from salmonella within a week.

  • The CDC urges people to look for symptoms such as a fever higher than 102°F, diarrhea that lasts for more than three days and other signs of dehydration.
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