Recall of Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions for Salmonella Risk Nationwide

Posted on August 1, 2020 by

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Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California is recalling Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions shipped from May 1, 2020 through the present.  The onions are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

The onions were distributed in 5 lbs. carton. 10 lbs. carton. 25 lbs. carton. 40 lbs. carton, 50 lbs. carton. bulk, 2 lb. mesh sacks, and 3 lb. mesh sacks, 5 lb. mesh sacks, 10 lb. mesh sacks 25 lbs. mesh sacks, 50 lbs. mesh sacks under the brand names Thomson  Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions and Food Lion.

Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve red, white, yellow, or sweet onions from Thomson International, Inc. or products containing such onions. If you cannot tell if your onion is from Thomson International Inc., or your food product contains such onions, you should not eat, sell, or serve it, and should throw it out.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections that may be linked to these onions, so Thomson International is recalling the onions out of an abundance of caution.  As of now no specific source of contamination or contaminated shipment has been identified, and FDA is also investigating other potential sources of contamination and has not yet reached a final conclusion.

396 total illnesses have been reported to date including 59 hospitalizations.  States with cases include: AK (6), AZ (14), CA (49), CO (10), FL (3), ID (5), IL (10), IN (2), IA (15), KS (1), KY (1), ME (4), MD (1), MI (23), MN (10), MO (6), MT (33), NE (5), NV (5), NY (4), NC (3), ND (5), OH (7), OR (71), PA (2), SC (1), SD (11), TN (5), TX (1), UT (61), VA (4), WA (2), WI (5), and WY (11).

Consumers who have any Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions under the above brand names, or who cannot tell if their onions are from Thomson International, should immediately discard these products and disinfect any surfaces that came into contact with the onions.   Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling Kim Earnshaw at 661-845-1111.

Product Photos

“Product label for carton, TLC Thomson International, Inc. Bakersfield, CA 93307”

“Product label, Majestic Onions 10 LBS mesh sack”

“Product label, Onions 52, Inc. red onions 2 lb”

“Product label, Kroger Yellow Onions 3 LB”

“Product label, Utah Onions Inc. mesh sack”

“Product label, Hartley’s Best Onions mesh sack”

“Product label, Imperial Fresh 50 LBS mesh sack”

“Product label, Tender Loving Care mesh sack”

“Product label, TLC Thomson International 25 LBS mesh sack”

“Product label, Imperial Fresh Jumbo Red Onions 25 LBS Carton”

“Product label, TLC Thomson International, Inc. Fresh Onions Carton”

“Product label, Onions 52, Inc. white onions 8 lb”

“Product label, Onions 52, Inc. white onions 3 lb”

“Product label, Food Lion yellow onions 48 oz (3 lb)”


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