Canada's Onion Outbreak Is Still Ongoing & They Warn More Recalls Could Come
379 people have gotten salmonella from onions!
There has already been a lot going on in 2020. Having a Canada onion recall on top of everything else hasn't been great. Health officials are saying that the issue is ongoing, and that more items may be recalled in the future.
The Public Health Agency of Canada released an update on the situation on August 21, in which they say that people should continue to avoid any onions that are grown in the United States.
They add, however, that onions grown in Canada are not included in the recall, and should be safe to use, so check for labels and locations when you're grocery shopping.
The latest report notes that there have been 379across the country that have been linked to products from the U.S.
The majority of these cases are in British Columbia and Alberta (100 and 207, respectively), but there have also been cases reported in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island.
All varieties imported from Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California should be avoided.
If you have any onions in your home that are unlabelled, they should be thrown out. It is also recommended that you wash your hands and disinfect any surfaces after disposing of the potentially affected vegetables.
This advice also applies to any products that may have been made with the affected produce. Some varieties ofhave already been made unavailable for this reason.
Knowing where your vegetables are coming from is more important than ever, especially with more Canadians choosing to cook at home using fresh ingredients rather than pre-packaged foods.
Symptoms of salmonella include nausea, vomiting, headaches, and fever.
Most people will make a full recovery after a few days, but, as well as pregnant women, older adults, and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk.
The PHAC continues to work with officials in the United States to investigate the source of the contamination, and more items may be recalled as more information is uncovered.