Salmonella Outbreak Surging in the US and Canada With Nearly 900 Ill So Far
Cases are expected to rise in the outbreak which spans 43 US states and 7 Canadian provinces.
More than a month after the first case was reported, and bad onions were pinpointed as the source, federal health officials in the U.S. announced a salmonella outbreak that started on June 19.
So far, the outbreak has infected 879 people and 114 were hospitalized across 43 U.S. states and 7 Canadian provinces, cases are expected to rise.
After the first spate of illnesses, the infections were traced back to tainted onions from the food seller Thomson International, Inc. On August 1, the company recalled all varieties of onions that could have come in contact with their contaminated red onions due to the risk of cross-contamination.
As Ars Technica reports, the bad onions were shipped to restaurants, wholesalers, and grocery stores across Canada and the U.S., so it is likely that cases will continue to rise as these establishments also have to deal with cross-contamination of other produce. Affected stores include Walmart, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Publix, Giant Eagle, Food Lion, and H-E-B.
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