In an FDA statement detailing the recall of onions from Thompson International in Bakersfield, the company writes, ” [We are] recalling Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions shipped from May 1, 2020 through the present. The onions are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.”
According to AllRecipes, nearly 400 people in 34 states have been sickened.
The onions in question were distributed to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, the statement says. Currently, infections caused by the onions have been reported in 34 states and Canada.
The onions were distributed under names like Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions, and Food Lion. They were sold in cartons between 5 and 50 pounds and mesh sacks between 2 and 50 pounds.
Thomson encourages consumers who cannot guarantee where their onions came from to throw them out. Also, disinfect any surfaces that may have come into contact with the onions.
If you have questions, consumers may contact Thomson International by calling Kim Earnshaw at 661-845-1111.