Saturday, 08 August, 2020

More than 60 Utahns sick from onions linked to salmonella outbreak

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Ginger Lawrence | 02 August, 2020, 06:24

The Public Health Agency of Canada says it's working with its US counterparts to investigate an outbreak of salmonella infections across five provinces.

The red onions imported from the US have been potentially linked to the recent salmonella outbreak in Canada, which has now affected 114 people in five provinces.

"Although red onions have been identified as the likely source, other types of onions may be contaminated due to the way onions are grown and harvested", a statement from the CDC read.

A multistate outbreak of salmonella poisoning that has sickened 400 people has been traced back to red onions.

Similar illnesses have been reported in the USA and American officials are working with Canada to identify the source of the outbreak.

In B.C., there have been 43 confirmed cases of the illness.

The warning also applies to any food products that contain raw red onions imported from the U.S.

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They advise throwing out the onions if there is no way to tell whether they came from the manufacturer.

All surfaces that might have come into contact with onions or their packaging, such as countertops, refrigerator drawers, knives and cutting boards, should be washed and sanitized.

A recall on red, white, yellow and sweet onions from Thompson International has been issued, reported CNN. An additional 114 people have become ill in Canada, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps that can last 4-7 days, according to the CDC.

Most people recover without treatment, according to the agency, however, children younger than five and adults over 65, as well as those with weakened immune systems, are more likely to have a severe illness.

The BCCDC says that anyone experiencing symptoms should contact their health care provider. The CDC estimates that about 450 persons in the United States die each year from acute salmonellosis.