Federal officials have expanded an onion recall linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened more than three dozen Illinois residents last month.
The Food and Drug Administration added Green Giant Fresh whole yellow and white onions sold in Champaign, Ill. Between July 15 and August 16, 2021 to the updated recall list.
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As of Friday, more than 892 people in at least 38 states in the United States had been diagnosed with salmonella, with 183 patients hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In Illinois, at least 48 people have been diagnosed with the disease, with 30 more diagnosed in Wisconsin and more than 50 in Missouri.
According to the CDC, the outbreak stems from fresh, whole white and yellow onions, imported from Chihuahua, Mexico and distributed by ProSource, Incorporated.
The onions were sold to restaurants and grocery stores.
ProSource says the onions were last imported on August 27, but have a shelf life of up to three months in storage and could still be in homes or businesses.
Companies are advised not to sell or serve onions imported from Chihuahua and distributed by ProSource. Consumers are advised to discard onions that do not have packaging.
Salmonella can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Patients are advised to call a physician immediately if they experience:
- Diarrhea and fever over 102 degrees
- Bloody diarrhea
- Signs of dehydration, including dry mouth and throat and feeling dizzy when standing
Symptoms usually appear within six hours to six days of consuming the bacteria. Most people recover without treatment after 4-7 days.
People with weakened immune systems, including children under 5 and adults 65 and older, are at risk for more serious cases that may require hospitalization.