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Various products including salads sold at some Walmart, Kroger and H-E-B stores in five states are included in a new public health alert because they contain recalled onions.
The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued the alert Wednesday night for ready-to-eat meat and poultry products that contain “onions that have been recalled by Thomson International Inc. due to concerns that the products may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport.”
Thomson International of Bakersfield, California, on Saturday recalled all red, white, yellow and sweet yellow onions shipped from May 1 through the present out of concern they might be affected, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
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The onion recall came after health officials announced they were investigating a salmonella outbreak tied to red onions, which has caused nearly 400 cases reported in 34 states this month.
However, while the red onions potentially contaminated with salmonella were shipped to supermarkets and restaurants in all 50 states and Canada, the products in the new health alert “were shipped to retail locations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.”
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“FSIS is issuing this public health alert out of the utmost of caution to ensure that consumers are aware that these products, which bear the USDA mark of inspection, should not be consumed,” the USDA said in a statement. “As more information becomes available, FSIS will update this public health alert.”
The products have the establishment number “P-34733″ or “34733” inside the USDA mark of inspection or printed on the container. See product labels on the USDA page.
The ready-to-eat meat and poultry items were produced by Taylor Farms on July 30 and 31. The affected products include:
- 7.25-ounce plastic sealed container labeled as “Sausage Breakfast Scramble Bowl” with lot code TFD212AU8 and TFD213AU8 and with a best if used by 08/06/2020 or 08/07/2020.
- 6.2-ounce plastic sealed container labeled as “Taylor Farms Cheddar Cheese & Chicken Salad Snack Tray” with use by date 08/06/20 or 08/07/20 and lot code TFD212AU7 and TFD213AU7.
- 41.35-ounce plastic bags containing “Chicken Salad” with use by date 08/04/20 or 08/05/20 and lot codes TFD212AU8 and TFD213AU8.
- 10-ounce plastic sealed container labeled as “Chicken Salad Deli Snack” with lot codes TFD212AU3 and TFD213AU3 with best by dates 08/06/2020 or 08/07/2020.
- 7.75-ounce plastic sealed container labeled as “H.E.B. Shake Rattle Bowl SOUTHWEST SALAD with CHICKEN” and a best if used by date of “Aug 10/2020 and lot code TFD213AU20.”
- 17.25-ounce plastic sealed container labeled as “Marketside SOUTHWEST STYLE SALAD WITH CHICKEN” with a best if used by date of “08/11/20 or 08/12/2020 and lot codes TFD212AU26 or TFD213AU26.”
According to the health alert, there have been “no confirmed reports of illness due to consumption of the FSIS-regulated products produced containing these onions.”
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FDA is investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella newport infections possibly linked to the onions. But so far, the FDA has found no specific source of contamination has been identified is also investigating other potential sources of contamination, the agency says.
Those who become ill from salmonella often develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps from six hours to six days after exposure, the CDC says. People with more severe cases may have a high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, rashes, and blood in the urine or stool. The illness can be fatal; salmonella leads to about 420 deaths annually in the U.S., according to the CDC.
“FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators,” the health alert said. “Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”
For information, consumers can call Thomson International at 661-845-1111.
Contributing: Mike Snider, USA TODAY
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