CDC: Large, multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to onions
A large Salmonella outbreak involving 652 cases in 37 states has been linked to whole red, white and yellow onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, the CDC reported.
Of the 652 cases, there have been 129 hospitalizations.
According to the CDC, the onions were distributed by ProSource Inc. The last onions indicated in the outbreak were imported on Aug. 27, but can last up to 3 months in storage and may still be in homes and businesses, the agency said.
The CDC recommended not selling, serving or eating any onions imported from Chihuahua and distributed by ProSource. It said people should throw away onions that do not have a sticker or packaging indicating where they are from.
Symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, the CDC noted. They usually start 6 hours to 6 days after exposure. Most people recover without treatment after 4 to 7 days.
Children aged younger than 5 years, adults aged 65 years and older and those with weakened immune systems may experience more severe symptoms.
The CDC said interviews with people involved in the outbreak helped determine that onions were the source.