Sysco Imperial Fresh brand red onions sold whole and in prepared foods are the source of a Salmonella Newport outbreak in Canada,  according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. The genetic fingerprint of the outbreak strain closely resembles the strain linked to a Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened more than 200 people in the U.S.

Sysco has issued a red onion recall in Canada. The recall includes red onions distributed by Sysco throughout Canada since May 24, 2000. The recalled onions were sold in 10-pound bags with the product code 8399925 and 25-pound bags with the product code 8313967.

The Imperial Fresh brand red onions were sold whole at grocery stores and in salads, sandwiches, wraps, salsas and dips sold at restaurants, food service companies and long-term health care organizations. Consumers should not eat these red onions or products containing them, such as salads, sandwiches, wraps, salsas and dips.

Salmonella Lawyer- bowl of sliced red onions

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure, include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Anyone who develops these symptoms after eating red onions or foods containing red onions should see a doctor. A stool sample test can determine if you are part of this outbreak.

As of July 30, 2020, Canadian health officials had confirmed 114 Salmonella Newport illnesses and 16 hospitalizations are part of this outbreak. The Canadians sickened, who range in age from 3 to 100, reported eating red onions before they became ill. The case totals reported from each province are: British Columbia (43), Alberta (55), Manitoba (13), Ontario (2), and Prince Edward Island (1).


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