Here’s what you need to look out for:
- Red onions
- White onions
- Yellow onions
- Sweet onions
The affected onions all come from Thomson International Inc. You could get sick from the raw onions or from eating any food product made with those onions. The onions were sold under the following brands:
- Thomson Premium,
- TLC Thomson International,
- Tender Loving Care,
- El Competitor,
- Hartley’s Best,
- Onions 52,
- Imperial Fresh,
- Utah Onions
- Food Lion
They were sold in 2 lb. mesh sacks, 3 lb. mesh sacks, 5 lb. mesh sacks, and 10 lb. mesh sacks in stores and in larger cartons and containers to restaurants.
Throw Them Out
The CDC said you need to check your fridge and kitchen immediately for any onions with from Thomson or these retailers. If you find one, immediately throw out the product.
If your onions don’t have a sticker or and you didn’t buy them from a farmer, get rid of them. Any food made with Thomson onions or identified onions goes in the trash as well.
Once the onions are trashed, clean your kitchen. Wash and sanitize any surfaces that may have come in contact with onions or their packagings, such as countertops, refrigerator drawers, knives, and cutting boards.
Ask the restaurant to check if their onions are from Thomson before ordering anything from a restaurant. If they can’t tell you where the onions come from, don’t eat.
People infected with Salmonella bacteria show symptoms similar to the stomach flu.
Those infected develop the following symptoms between six hours and six days after exposure.
- Stomach cramps
Symptoms last between four and seven days. Most people recover on their own. However, those with serious infections require hospitalization. Kids under five and senior citizens are most vulnerable to the illness.