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Trader Joe's Recalls This Produce Staple Amid Salmonella Outbreak

Another national grocery chain is dealing with a batch of potentially tainted vegetables. Here's what you need to know.

If you've recently purchased red onions at Trader Joe's, and live in the western part of the country, then you likely want to toss them straight in the trash bin. If not, you may risk getting sick from the same salmonella outbreak that has led to the recall of red onions and prepared foods containing the onions at a number of national grocery store chains.

On Monday, August 10, Trader Joe's announced that it was recalling Pacific Gold Red Onions from a number of locations in western states, saying they had the "potential to be contaminated with salmonella." Shoppers should be wary of these contaminated onions if they purchased them between June 29 and July 31 in TJ's located in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. The press release notes that "no other onions are affected and no illnesses have been reported to date."

News of Trader Joe's warning follows a food safety alert issued on August 1 by the CDC warning consumers that onions from a Calfornia-based producer had led to an outbreak of salmonella. As of August 10, these onions had led to over 640 reported cases and almost 80 hospitalizations across 43 total states. Since then, there has been a significant recall of prepared foods sold at Walmart, Kroger, and H-E-B over fears that they included the contaminated onions that came from Thomson International Inc., the producer at the heart of the outbreak.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a new alert to not buy or consume these prepared food products that are potentially tainted by these onions.  Thomson International has since recalled all of its onions, regardless of color, in all 50 states, though there is still concern that some had made it to some of Trader Joe's produce shelves.

Read the full press release from Trader Joe's below:

To Our Valued Customers:

In relation to the Thomson International Inc. onion recall, we have been notified by our supplier of Pacific Gold Red Onions (PLU #4082) sold individually—only in our Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah stores—that product available from June 29 through July 31may have had the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

No other onions are affected and no illnesses have been reported to date.

If you have purchased any Pacific Gold Red Onion during the time period specified, please do not eat it. Instead, we urge you to discard the product or return it to any Trader Joe's for a full refund.

If you have any questions, you may call Trader Joe's Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 [Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Pacific Time].

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

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