Check your onions now: CDC identifies cause of massive salmonella outbreak – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2021-10-20 18:29:29 –

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(NEXSTAR) – Salmonella outbreaks being tracked in 37 states across the country are due to whole fresh onions, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a recent update Wednesday.

“Throw away unlabeled onions at home,” the CDC tweeted. “Do not eat, sell or serve red, white or yellow onions imported from Mexico and distributed nationwide by ProSource Inc.”

The company imported onions from Chihuahua, Mexico and distributed them to restaurants and grocery stores across the United States. According to ProSource, the potentially contaminated onions were last imported on August 27, but may still be on the shelves due to the long shelf life of the vegetables.

Investigators are still working to determine if the outbreak is related to other distributors.


Health officials have been working for months to determine the cause of the persistent outbreak that at least 652 people between the ages of 1 and 97 are ill.

According to the CDC, the actual number of people suffering from Salmonella is probably much higher. Because many people recover without reporting their illness.

First case with strain, Salmonella Oranienburg was recorded on May 31, 2021.

Through interviews with people who were confirmed to have taken the same strain, investigators found that three-quarters had raw onions or dishes that could contain raw onions in the days leading up to the first symptoms. He said he reported that he had eaten.

After learning that several people ate at the same restaurant, health officials were able to test food samples and trace contaminated samples back to producers.

What to do now

The CDC recommends checking for labels indicating that the onions were imported from Mexico by ProSource Inc. and discarding them. Other fresh red, white, yellow and unlabeled onions should also be dumped in the trash.

All surfaces that the onions may have touched should be washed with hot soapy water, and dishes and containers should pass through the dishwasher.

If you experience diarrhea, fever, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, or dehydration, you should contact your healthcare provider.

Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, which begin symptoms within 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria. Most people recover spontaneously, but children under the age of 5 and adults over the age of 65, along with those with a weakened immune system, may become seriously ill and require hospitalization.

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