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Kamloops' Fresh is Best Salsa offers coupons to those affected by onion recall

Seven types of Fresh is Best salsas were affected by the August 7 recall of onions.
Seven types of Fresh is Best salsas were affected by the August 7 recall of onions.
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A Kamloops salsa company was forced to take quick action in the wake of recent onion recalls.

Fresh is Best Salsa & Co. is a small business based in Kamloops, and seven of their salsas were impacted by the recall of red onions possibly contaminated with salmonella, Aug. 7.

The small business immediately notified distributors, discarded any potentially contaminated products, and are now using a different source for onions.

“Our customers’ health and safety is always our first concern,” owners Colin and Lisa McGaffin said in a press release.

"We have an elaborate tracking system so we could immediately identify by batch (numbers) and best before dates which products might be affected."

Customers can check the recall list here to see if salsa they purchased is affected.

While no illnesses have been linked to the salsas, any items on the onion recall list should still be discarded, as there is a chance they are contaminated with salmonella.

Products from Fresh is Best with a best before date of Oct. 6 or later are safe to enjoy, according to the owners.

In an unfortunate coincidence, the recalled onions came from a supplier the company doesn't even normally use.

“In this particular situation we needed more onions than our supplier had in stock forcing us to use an alternate distributor," Lisa McGaffin said. "In this case, the onions that we received happened to be the ones that were recalled.”

To rectify the situation, Fresh is Best is offering a coupon for any customer who had to throw away their salsa, but were unable to get a refund from the store where they purchased it. 

“This has been such a difficult year for everyone,” said Colin McGaffin. “Our customers have been so supportive because they know the pride and care we take in making our fresh products."

To contact Fresh is Best about receiving a coupon, click here.

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