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Onion recall in B.C. expanded by Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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August 02, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions grown by Thomson International Inc. in California are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination.

The Canadian Health Inspection Agency said Aug. 1 that consumers should not consume them and retailers, distributors, manufacturers, and foodservice establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals, and nursing homes should not serve, use, or sell the recalled products.

"These products may also have been purchased online or through various restaurant locations," the alert reads. 

"They may also have been sold in bulk or in smaller packages with or without a label and may not bear the same brand or product names as described below. The CFIA will continue its investigation into other possible importers and additional recalls may follow."

The recalled products are sold under the names El Competidor, Imperial Fresh, Onions 52,  Tender Loving Care, Thomson International, Thomson International Premium and  Thomson Premium.

These products have been sold in mesh sacks, cartons and boxes throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Saskatchewan and the Yukon.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recommends checking to see if you have the recalled products and that they be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased. If you are unsure of the identity of the onions in your possession, check with your place of purchase.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

This recall was triggered by the CFIA during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak followed by a recall in the United States by Thomson International Inc. located in Bakersfield, California. 

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