Onions From These Popular Brands Are Being Recalled After 200 People Were Hospitalized
Update: HelloFresh Canada has reached out to Eat This, Not That! to confirm that they have not been impacted by this onion recall. HelloFresh in the U.S. has.
When 20 people fell sick with food poisoning in recent weeks after all dining at the same restaurant chain, few probably expected that outbreak to be traced back to onions. However, multiple government agencies have investigated to confirm that indeed, onions that were distributed in the U.S. and even some in Canada are what made more than 650 people sick in 37 states. As last week closed, several companies whose names you'll recognize were working swiftly to make sure you and your loved ones do not eat these onions.
A massive food poisoning outbreak led to a traceback investigation, which discovered a recent nationwide Salmonella outbreak originated with onions that had been sourced from Mexico. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published information that reveals 652 people have gotten sick and 202 hospitalized, with cases reported in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
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Sysco Imperial and More
Last Wednesday, ProSource Produce, LLC of Idaho announced a recall on "whole, raw onions." The company advised that they'd supplied the red, white, and yellow onions of concern "to wholesalers, broadline foodservice customers, and retail stores . . . by the following distributors and/or under the following brands: Big Bull, Peak Fresh Produce, Sierra Madre, Markon First Crop., Markon Essentials, Rio Blue, ProSource, Rio Valley, and Sysco Imperial."
These recalled onions were distributed in cartons and mesh sacks ranging between two and 50 pounds between July 1 and August 31, 2021, in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. To learn more about whether this recall affects onions you've purchased, you can click here.
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On Friday, Keeler Family Farms of New Mexico announced they were voluntarily recalling "red, yellow, and white onions shipped from July 1, 2021 through August 25, 2021" and "distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states and the District of Columbia."
They say the onions were sold in 25-pound and 50-pound mesh sacks which may be white, purple, or red, bearing a label "marked as MVP (product of MX)." More details are here.
Green Giant Fresh Onions
Saturday, Potandon Produce L.L.C. of Idaho recalled the following Green Giant Fresh products: Whole yellow onions in two-pound bags, three-pound bags, and five-pound bags; whole white onions in two-pound bags; and whole red onions in two-pound bags. (It appears the bags these onions were sold in are mesh.)
Though it's not clear exactly to where these onions might have been shipped after distribution, the company stated the onions had been distributed to centers in Minnesota and North Dakota. You can go here for more information on the Green Giant onion recall.
Also on Saturday, the meal delivery subscription kit brand, HelloFresh and its US company announced a voluntary recall of its onions "due to the potential presence of salmonella bacteria. [sic]" HelloFresh advised: "Please discard all onions received from July 7, 2021 through September 8, 2021."
HelloFresh Canada was not affected by these contaminated onions.
The company added: "In the event that the onions have been consumed, please note that thoroughly cooking the product to 165ºF/74ºC, as instructed on the recipe, will kill the salmonella bacteria.
If you are experiencing any symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider immediately. Click here for more information from the FDA about this supplier recall and the potentially related symptoms.
We sincerely apologize for this supplier-related incident."
Learn more about the HelloFresh onion recall, and refer to the following product codes that are affected by the recall:
EveryPlate was another meal subscription kit that voluntarily recalled onions Saturday after the company said it had "been informed by one of its ingredient suppliers that it is conducting a voluntary recall of its onions due to the potential presence of salmonella bacteria. [sic]"
EveryPlate advised customers: "Please discard all onions received from July 7, 2021 through September 8, 2021." You can learn more about whether the EveryPlate onion recall affects you. Product codes for the recalled onions are below:
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