A salmonella outbreak linked to red onions has now affected more than 400 people in at least 34 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
People began falling ill after eating red onions in early July when salmonella was reported in three states. Of the 400 people who have gotten sick since then, at least 59 have been hospitalized, per the CDC.
Onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Packaging photos of the onions can be viewed on the FDA website. https://t.co/UwDhp1fHDj
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Although red onions are suspected of transmitting salmonella, the company that distributed them — Thomas International in Bakersfield, California — has recalled red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions just to be safe. The onions in question were shipped to all 50 states on or after May 1st, a Thomas spokesperson says.
Have you ever caught something through food? Do you throw food out when it reaches its expiration date, or do you keep it around as long as it still tastes OK?