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CDC updates alerts for whole fresh onions

As of November 16, 892 illnesses and 183 hospitalizations have been reported, with no deaths. The outbreak has affected 38 states and Puerto Rico.

I did go downstairs to check. Fortunately, our bag of yellow onions is labeled “Product of U.S.A.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated its food safety alert for an outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg linked to red, yellow, and white onions produced in the Mexican state of Chihuahua between July 1 and August 31, 2021.

As of November 16, 892 illnesses and 183 hospitalizations have been reported, with no deaths. The outbreak has affected 38 states and Puerto Rico.

“Check to see if you have any recalled onions,” CDC advises. “If you have any recalled onions or if you can’t tell where your onions are from, don’t eat them. Throw them away.”

Voluntary recalls have been issued by ProSource Produce LLC of Hailey, ID, and Keeler Family Farms of Deming, NM. These sites provides photos of sacks of onion affected.

The ProSource onions “were distributed to wholesalers, broadline foodservice customers, and retail stores in 50 lb., 25 lb., 10 lb., 5 lb., 3 lb., and 2 lb. mesh sacks; and 50 lb., 40 lb., 25 lb., 10 lb., and 5 lb. cartons, by the following distributors and/or under the following brands: Big Bull, Peak Fresh Produce, Sierra Madre, Markon First Crop., Markon Essentials, Rio Blue, ProSource, Rio Valley, and Sysco Imperial,” reports CDC.

The Keeler “onions were distributed in 25lb/50lb mesh sacks,” says CDC. “They contain a label that is marked as MVP (product of MX), but were processed at Keeler Family Farms. The last to ship was on August 25, 2021.”

Onions affected primarily consist of whole, bagged onions, but include onions in meal kits from HelloFresh and EveryPlate.

Last week Potandon Produce updated its recall of onions, which were supplied from Keeler Family Farms and sold as Green Giant Fresh to a UNFI retail distribution center in Champaign, IL.

The states affected the most are Texas (with 121-210 cases reported) and Oklahoma (81-120 cases).

I did go downstairs to check. Fortunately, our bag of yellow onions is labeled “Product of U.S.A.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated its food safety alert for an outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg linked to red, yellow, and white onions produced in the Mexican state of Chihuahua between July 1 and August 31, 2021.

As of November 16, 892 illnesses and 183 hospitalizations have been reported, with no deaths. The outbreak has affected 38 states and Puerto Rico.

“Check to see if you have any recalled onions,” CDC advises. “If you have any recalled onions or if you can’t tell where your onions are from, don’t eat them. Throw them away.”

Voluntary recalls have been issued by ProSource Produce LLC of Hailey, ID, and Keeler Family Farms of Deming, NM. These sites provides photos of sacks of onion affected.

The ProSource onions “were distributed to wholesalers, broadline foodservice customers, and retail stores in 50 lb., 25 lb., 10 lb., 5 lb., 3 lb., and 2 lb. mesh sacks; and 50 lb., 40 lb., 25 lb., 10 lb., and 5 lb. cartons, by the following distributors and/or under the following brands: Big Bull, Peak Fresh Produce, Sierra Madre, Markon First Crop., Markon Essentials, Rio Blue, ProSource, Rio Valley, and Sysco Imperial,” reports CDC.

The Keeler “onions were distributed in 25lb/50lb mesh sacks,” says CDC. “They contain a label that is marked as MVP (product of MX), but were processed at Keeler Family Farms. The last to ship was on August 25, 2021.”

Onions affected primarily consist of whole, bagged onions, but include onions in meal kits from HelloFresh and EveryPlate.

Last week Potandon Produce updated its recall of onions, which were supplied from Keeler Family Farms and sold as Green Giant Fresh to a UNFI retail distribution center in Champaign, IL.

The states affected the most are Texas (with 121-210 cases reported) and Oklahoma (81-120 cases).

Richard Smoley, contributing editor for Blue Book Services, Inc., has more than 40 years of experience in magazine writing and editing, and is the former managing editor of California Farmer magazine. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford universities, he has published 12 books.