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Red onions potentially contaminated with salmonella shipped to all 50 states and Canada

Red onions possibly contaminated with salmonella were shipped to supermarkets and restaurants in all 50 states and Canada, health officials say.

Thomson International of Bakersfield, California, on Saturday recalled all red, white, yellow and sweet yellow onions shipped from May 1 through the present out of concern they might be affected, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Onions were sold in cartons, weighing five pounds to 50 pounds, and mesh sacks (ranging from 2 pounds to 50 pounds) under brand names including Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Kroger, Food Lion, Hartley’s Best, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Imperial Fresh, Onions 52, Majestic and Utah Onions.

Onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. To see packaging photos of the onions go to the FDA website.

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FDA is investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella newport infections possibly linked to the onions. But so far, the FDA has found no specific source of contamination has been identified is also investigating other potential sources of contamination, the agency says.

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