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Onion Salmonella Outbreak – Is Your Store on the List?

Posted in Our Blog,Outbreaks & Recalls,Salmonella on August 7, 2020

By now you may have heard about the onion recall.  As more information surfaces during the investigation, the affected products are narrowed down and recalls are popping up everywhere. Is your store one of the ones that sold onions in the Onion Salmonella Outbreak?

Salmonella Outbreak Update

So far there have been 396 illnesses reported in the United States in 34 states that associated with this outbreak today.  A total of 59 have been hospitalized.  Affected states include: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with state and local partners have been investigating traceback information for this multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport.

Major Recalls Initiated

At this time Thomson International, Inc. of Bakersfield, California is fingered as the likely source of potentially contaminated red onions.  As a result, a recall was initiated for their red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions shipped between May 1, 2020 to August 1, 2020.

These onions were distributed in cartons of 5 lbs., 10 lbs., 25 lbs., 40 lbs., and 50 lbs.  They also were distributed in bulk mesh sacks of 2 lbs. 3 lbs., 5 lbs., 10 lbs., 25 lbs., and 50 lbs. under various brand names including:

  • Thomson Premium
  • TLC Thomson International
  • Tender Loving Care
  • El Competitor
  • Hartley’s Best
  • Onion 52
  • Majestic
  • Imperial Fresh
  • Kroger
  • Utah Onions
  • Food Lion

Other manufacturers have issued recalls as a result, due to recalled product used as an ingredient in their products.  Taylor Farms recalled 6 products produced between July 30 and July 31, 2020 under the establishment numbers P-34733 or 34733.

These recalled products include:

  • Sausage Breakfast Scramble Bowl (7.25 oz) with lots: TFD212AU8 and TFD213AU8
  • Taylor Farms Cheddar Cheese & Chicken Salad Snack Tray (6.2 oz) with lots: TFD212AU7 and TFD213AU7
  • Chicken Salad (41.25 oz) with lots: TFD212AU8 and TFD213AU8
  • Chicken Salad Deli Snack (10 oz) with lots: TFD212AU3 and TFD213AU3
  • E.B. Shake Rattle Bowl Southwest Salad with Chicken (7.75 oz) with lot: TFD213AU20
  • Marketside Southwest Style Salad with Chicken (17.25 oz) with lots: TFD212AU26 and TFD213AU26

These products were shipped to retail locations in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Have You Shopped at These Stores?

The following stores have been indicated as retailers that carried product that was later recalled.  Do you shop at Aldi, Food Lion, Giant Eagle, Kroger, Smiths, Fry’s Fred Meyer, Publix, Stop &Shop, Giant Food Stores, or Walmart?  Check your fridges, counters, and pantries!

ALDI

Select ALDI’s stores sold red, white, and yellow onions sourced from Onions 52.  These included ALDI’s in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Sweet onions were removed from select stores in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Check your home for the following products:

Product Size UPC States
Sweet Onions 2 pound bag UPC: 033383602912 Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas
Red Onions 2 pound bag UPC: 033383601014 Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee
White Onion 2 pound bag UPC: 033383600512 Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee
Yellow Onion 3 pound bag UPC: 033383600024 Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee

Food Lion

Select Food Lion stores sold red, white, and yellow onions in the produce section as well as sliced red onions and stir fry vegetables. Refer to the table below for specific products and purchase dates:

Product Size Purchase Dates
Jumbo Red Onion   May 24 to July 31, 2020
Jumbo White Onion   May 24 to August 1, 2020
Jumbo Yellow Onion   May 24 to August 1, 2020
Yellow Onion 3 pound bags May 24 to August 1, 2020
Sliced Red Onion   May 24 to July 31, 2020
Stir Fry Vegetables   May 24 to July 31, 2020

Giant Eagle

Select Giant Eagle stores are recalling a host of prepared food items including: Berry Salad for Two, Cajun Style Chicken, Cucumber Salad, MD Buffalo Chicken Salad, Italian Hero, Lemon Almond Chicken Salad, MD Caprese Salad, MD Greek Salad with Balsamic Dressing, Pepper Steak over Rice, Sheet Vegetable Pizza, Zucchini Pancakes, and more.  See table below for specific product information:

Product Product Code Date
Bulk and Bagged Spanish Onions 4093 Sold since June 6, 2020
Bulk and Bagged White Onions 4663 Sold since June 6, 2020
Bulk and Bagged Red Onions 3286 and 4082 Sold since June 6, 2020

Kroger

Select Kroger Stores are recalling red, white, and small yellow onions.  See table below for specific dates and product information: 

Product Size Product Code Purchase Dates States
Yellow Onions Small PLU 4665 May 18 to July 6, 2020  
White Onions Medium PLU 4663 May 11 to August 3, 2020  
Red Onions 2 pound bag UPC: 11110-18222 May 11 to August 3, 2020  
Kroger Yellow Onions 3 pound bag UPC: 11110-91682 May 11 to August 3, 2020  
Vidalia Onions   PLU 4166 June 13 to June 23, 2020 Texas and Louisiana
Red Onions 2 pound bags UPC: 11110-18222 June 13 to June 23, 2020 Texas and Louisiana
Sweet Onions 5 pound bag UPC: 33383-60283 June 13 to June 23, 2020 Texas and Louisiana
Red Onion Jumbo PLU 4082 May 15 to August 1, 2020 Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio
White Onion Medium PLU 4663   Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio
Yellow Onion Small PLU 4665   Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio
Red Onion 2 pound bag UPC: 11110-18222   Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio
Yellow Onion 5 pound bag UPC: 11110-18222   Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio
Kroger Yellow Onion 3 pound bag UPC: 11110-91682   Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio
Kroger White Onion 2 pound bag UPC: 11110-91684   Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio
Kroger White Onion 2 pound bags UPC: 33383-60051   Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio

 Fry’s and Smiths Stores

Select Fry’s and Smiths Stores are recalling red, white, and small yellow onions.  See table below for specific dates and product information:

Product Size Product Code Purchase Dates
Vidalia Onions   PLU 4166 June 13 to June 23, 2020
Red Onions 2 pound bags UPC: 11110-18222 June 13 to June 23, 2020
Sweet Onions 5 pound bag UPC: 33383-60283 June 13 to June 23, 2020

Fred Meyer Stores

Select Fry’s and Smiths Stores are recalling red, white, and small yellow onions.  See table below for specific dates and product information:

Product Size Product Code Purchase Dates States
Red Onion Jumbo PLU 4082 May 15 to August 1, 2020 Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio
White Onion Medium PLU 4663   Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio
Yellow Onion Small PLU 4665   Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio
Red Onion 2 pound bag UPC: 11110-18222   Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio
Yellow Onion 5 pound bag UPC: 11110-18222   Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio
Kroger Yellow Onion 3 pound bag UPC: 11110-91682   Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio
Kroger White Onion 2 pound bag UPC: 11110-91684   Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio
Kroger White Onion 2 pound bags UPC: 33383-60051   Greater Memphis Area in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Western Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Easter West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio

Publix

Select Publix stores are recalling red onions sold in bulk.  See table below for specific product information:

Product Product Code Purchase Dates States
Del Monte Fresh Red Onions PLU 4082 July Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Stop & Shop/Giant Food Stores

Stop & Shop and Giant Food Stores are recalling products made with Lancaster red onion products.  See table below for specific product information:

Product Size UPC Date Code
Lancaster Kabob Kit 30 oz 081305501884 8/8 and 8/11
SB Corn Cob Kabobs 24 oz 068826755664 8/9 and 8/13
SB Grill Veg with Mushroom 24 oz 068826754362 8/7, 8/8, 8/9, and 8/10
SB Stir Fry Blend 14 oz 068826755342 8/8, 8/9, 8/10, and 8/12
SB WH Mushroom Kabob Kit 17 oz 068826754361 8/7, 8/9, 8/11, and 8/12
Store Brand Diced Red Onions 8 oz boxes 68826716310 8/9, 8/10, and 8/13

Walmart

Select Walmart stores are recalling red, white, yellow and sweet onions.  These stores are located in the states of: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

What Should I Do?

If you have purchased a recalled product there are a few very important steps you should take.  If you or someone in your family has consumed the recalled product or have fallen ill, seek medical attention immediately.  It is a good idea to safely retain recalled product in a sealed container for traceback investigation purposes.  Clean and sanitize any surface that the recalled product has come in contact with and wash your hands well with warm soapy water.

If or a loved one has fallen ill as a result of these recalls, the Salmonella Lawyers at The Lange Law Firm, PLLC can advocate on your behalf.  Contact them for a free consultation.

By: Heather Van Tassell