We've been experiencing shortages of many things. Whether it's because of lack of product, lack of workers, or even greedy hoarders. One thing that we might add to the list, isn't because of those three, but something that has the potential to be much worse... Salmonella! Of course I'm talking about whole Onions!

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) has issued a recall on fresh whole raw white, yellow and red onions. The main onions in questions were imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico and was distributed by Keeler Family Farms and ProSource Produce LLC. They were sold to restaurants and groceries stores back in late August, but can be stored for up to 3 months.

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Who Has Been Effected?

Sickness has been reported in 37 states (luckily, Washington is not one of them). With over 650 cases of illness, those of which about 130 have been hospitalized. Luckily zero deaths (as of this writing). The onions were sold/distributed under the brands: Big Bull, Peak Fresh Produce, Sierra Madre, Markon First Crop, Markon Essentials, Rio Blue, ProSource, Rio Valley, and Sysco Imperial. The investigation is still ongoing.

What Should You Do?

If you're a business, check your inventory, and if they come from the above distributors, do not sell it, and reach out to the companies. Make sure to wash and sanitize any surface that may have come into contact with the onions. For the the consumer, any onion that you are not sure of original source of the Onion, discard them. Do not buy or eat any that you are not sure of the the source. Make sure to wash with hot soapy water any surfaces or utensils that may have come into contact.

Salmonella Symptoms

If you show signs of Salmonella, contact your healthcare provider. Such signs can include: a fever higher than 102°F, severe diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps and dehydration. People who do come down with Salmonella usually start showing symptoms anywhere from 6 hours to 6 days after ingesting the bacteria. Without treatment, it can take up to 7 days to recover.


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