- The FDA expanded its recall of onions, adding more products to a list linked to a salmonella outbreak.
- The recalls announced Monday include onions from Alsum Farms & Produce, Inc.
- As of Tuesday, the salmonella outbreak had caused at least 183 hospitalizations in 38 states.
A few days before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded its recall of onions, adding more products to a list linked to a salmonella outbreak that has made at least 892 people sick.
The recalls announced Monday include onions from Alsum Farms & Produce, Inc., delivered to select retailers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, as well as some onions supplied by Keeler Family Farms and sold as Green Giant Fresh onions in Illinois.
FDA expands recall of onions
The recall does not affect any Green Giant canned or frozen vegetable products. While the salmonella outbreak was first reported in mid-September, the FDA didn’t link the growing outbreak to onions until October, USA Today reported.
As of Tuesday, the salmonella outbreak had caused at least 183 hospitalizations in 38 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. The U.S. agency said the investigation is still active.
“If you can’t tell where the onions are from, don’t buy or eat them.”
The authorities asked consumers to be especially careful, considering that onion is an ingredient in many Thanksgiving foods. “If you can’t tell where the onions are from, don’t buy or eat them,” says the CDC. “Wash surfaces and containers that these onions may have touched with hot soapy water or in a dishwasher.”
All affected onions were imported from Mexico between July 1 and August 31 and supplied by ProSource Produce LLC and Keeler Family Farms, according to the CDC. The onions have been distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores.
All the contaminated onions were imported from Chihuahua
The CDC reported that all of the contaminated onions were imported from Chihuahua, Mexico. The FDA recall currently includes some Keeler Family Farms onions (red, yellow, and white) distributed in 25 pound and 50 pound mesh bags marked MVP.
Also included in the recall are some raw red, yellow, and white onions from ProSource Produce LLC distributed in mesh bags and boxes of various sizes under various brands, including Big Bull, Peak Fresh Produce, Sierra Madre, Markon First Crop, Markon Essentials, Rio Blue, ProSource, Rio Valley, and Sysco Imperial.
Brands included in the recall
Included in the recall are onions in food kits received from EveryPlate and HelloFresh from July 7 to September 8. It also includes some Green Giant Fresh whole yellow onions in 2 pound, 3 pound, and 5 pound bags; whole white onions in 2 pound bags; and whole red onions in 2 pound bags from ProSource Produce with UPC codes 60580600120-8, 60580600123-9, 60580600170-3, 60580600218-2, and 60580600248-9.
Also included are some Pier-C Produce whole 2 pound white onions from Keeler Family Farms with UPC code 03338360051-2; some fresh whole yellow onions from Alsum Farms & Produce in 3 pound, 5 pound, and 50 pound boxes; fresh whole white onions in 2 pound bags; and fresh whole red onions in 2 pound bags from Keeler Family Farms.
Costco issued a popular drink recall due to the presence of metal or glass
Do not consume it! Costco is warning customers who bought a certain flavor of the popular Kool-Aid drink that a few batches of the product have been recalled out of concern that they may contain small fragments of metal or glass, posing a health risk.
The retailer issued an alert from Kraft Heinz, the company that makes Kool-Aid, explaining that the manufacturer and the FDA have recalled Kool-Aid Tropical Punch mix, 82.5 ounces, with “best before” dates of August 31 and September 1, “due to the possible presence of foreign materials, specifically, very small pieces of metal or glass,” according to the message relayed by Nextar Media Wire.
Costco releases a warning about a popular drink and issues a recall
Stater Bros, a chain of grocery stores in Southern California, is also recalling the Kool-Aid Tropical Punch, which they sold in an 8 quart container, according to a report from KXAN. “The company discovered the problem during an internal review at the manufacturing plant,” said Stater Bros. “There have been no consumer complaints and no reports of illness or injury related to this problem to date.”
Recall of Kool-Aid drink mix
Kraft Heinz, which makes Kool-Aid products, said customers can find the expiration date on the bottom of the drink’s container to identify those that have been recalled by Costco, KXAN noted on Monday, November 15.
People who purchased the recalled batches of that specific Kool-Aid mix can return them for a full refund. Anyone with questions about the recall can call Kraft Heinz at (855) 713-9237 (Fox Business, Penn Live and ABC 7 Chicago).
Euro Foods Inc. has ordered the recall of nearly 120,000 pounds of salami stick products that may be contaminated with salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service confirmed Wednesday.
The salami sticks included in the recall were shipped to retail stores across the country and exported to Bermuda, according to the recall notice. Product contamination could be associated with the salmonella outbreak that occurred between September 18 and October 18 in 10 states.
In late October, the agency issued a public health alert regarding certain products from Euro Foods based in Freeland, Pennsylvania. However, it failed to issue a recall at the time, believing that the affected products were no longer circulating, Boston 25 News reported.
However, the agency found out that potentially contaminated products were still being sold. It confirmed that one product available at a retail store and two samples of Citterio salami sticks previously collected by the California Department of Public Health tested positive for the salmonella bacteria.
A salmonella outbreak in 10 states has made at least 31 people sick
Wednesday’s official recall is limited to 2 ounce packages of Citterio “Premium Italian-Style Salami Sticks ALL NATURAL” with an expiration date of January 23, 2022, shown next to the barcode. Affected products also carry the establishment number “4010,” which is found within the USDA mark of inspection.
FSIS has been working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state public health partners, to investigate a salmonella outbreak in 10 states, which has made at least 31 people sick to date, Boston 25 News reported. Read more here.
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