Next time you're shopping at Walmart and want a quick snack, be mindful of which ready-to-eat products you're picking up (at least, for the time being). That's because some popular prepared food items sold at the nation's largest retailer—and Kroger and H-E-B supermarkets as well—have just been pulled from shelves due to an onion-related salmonella outbreak.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service just issued a new alert to not buy or consume these prepared food products that are potentially tainted by these onions. Last week, the onions themselves were recalled after being shipped across the country. But this week, the USDA notes the potentially contaminated prepared foods that may contain them, including chicken salads, breakfast foods, and even pickling brine, "were shipped to retail locations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas."
Salmonella, as you know, is no joke. Common symptoms include fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps, and more severe cases can even be fatal. If you think you may have this infection, you should immediately contact your health care provider.
Here are are the specific products recalled at Walmart, Kroger, and H-E-B. And to keep yourself informed, make sure to sign up for our newsletter.
Walmart's Sausage Breakfast Bowl
Walmart's Sausage Breakfast Bowl is produced by Taylor Farms and uses onions that came from Thomson International, Inc, the California-based producer that's at the helm of this most recent outbreak. As a result, this grocery item has been recalled by the retail giant. (Related: Walmart Is Now Selling This Super Popular Burger Brand)
Walmart Chicken Salad Deli Snack Tray
Another product produced for Walmart by Taylor Farms includes chicken salad that includes potentially contaminated onions, so it is not currently available for purchase due to salmonella concerns. (Related: Walmart Won't Accept Returns on These Items and Customers are Furious.)
Walmart's MKTSD Southwest Style Salad with Chicken
Walmart's Marketside Southwest Style Salad with Chicken includes potentially contaminated onions as well, and is not currently available for purchase at the world's largest retailer. (Related: 15 Beloved Walmart Foods Fans Want Back.)
Kroger's Fresh Kitchen Bulk Chicken Salad
Chicken salad that's sold in "bulk" might be your first clue to avoid this product, but seeing as it is made with onions linked to the salmonella outbreak? Well, it's no longer available for sale at Kroger and has been removed from its website for the time being, at least. (Related: 19 Best Healthy Chicken Salad Recipes for Weight Loss)
Kroger's Cheddar Cheese Chicken Salad Tray
If you're seeing a chicken salad theme in products recalled, its because Taylor Farm's has a much longer chicken salad reach than anyone previously knew. The Kroger Chicken Salad and Cheddar Cheese Snack tray? Recalled. (Related: 25 Foods You Should Never Buy at Kroger)
HEB Southwest Shake Rattle Bowl
H-E-B sells its own Southwest Salad with Chicken, which features the name "Shake, Rattle & Bowl." Now, it's not currently available for purchase at the highly regarded San Antonio grocery chain due to the onion-related salmonella outbreak. (Related: Why This Regional Chain Is Secretly the Best Grocery Store in America.)
Amana Meat Shop Pickled Ham
A ham product recalled due to an onion recall might not make sense at first, but this product from the Amana Colony in Iowa is of the pickled variety, the brine of which is made from potentially salmonella-infected onions. As a result, it has also been recalled.
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