Public health officials said an outbreak of salmonella linked to packets of cut onions has sickened at least 73 people in 22 states, 15 of whom were treated in hospitals.
California-based company Giles Onions voluntarily recalled packages of chopped yellow onions, red onions, and onions and celery, as well as a mixture of onions, celery and carrots known as mirepoix. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that use-by dates on the products were August 2023.
The onions were sold at retail sites in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, including Stater Brothers Markets, Bashas’ and Smart & Final stores.
gills onion said in a statement It was voluntarily recalling the products out of “an abundance of caution.”
The company said it initiated the recall after being informed by the FDA that the recalled products were part of “”.traceback checkSalmonella outbreaks, in which the agency monitors food that sick people have reported eating at a farm or production facility.
Public health officials advised consumers to check their freezers and not eat the recalled cut onions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said businesses should not sell or serve the recalled Giles onion products or foods made with them. a warning,
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and older adults and people with weakened immune systems. Health officials said symptoms, which include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain, can begin anywhere from six hours to six days after eating the bacteria.
The CDC estimates that Salmonella bacteria cause it. About 1.35 million infections annually In the United States, there were 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths.