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Hundreds sick with Salmonella infection across Canada and U.S. from various onions…

On July 30, 2020, the Public Health Agency of Canada issued a Public Health Notice about an Outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to red onions imported from the United States.

This outbreak is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Newport illnesses being investigated by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that have a similar genetic fingerprint to illnesses reported in Canada. Investigators in Canada and the U.S. continue to collaborate to exchange information and identify commonalities in the outbreak information that may identify additional sources of illness or help to identify the cause of contamination in the red onions.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is working with the Public Health Agency of Canada and other federal and provincial public health partners, and with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate this outbreak associated with onions and products that contain onions.

The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

For ease of reference, here is the complete list of products that were recalled as a result of the food safety investigations in both Canada and the United States.

These products may also have been purchased on-line or through various restaurant locations. They may also have been sold in bulk or in smaller packages with or without a label and may not bear the same brand or product names as described below.

If you are unsure of the identity of the onions in your possession, check with your place of purchase

Links to CFIA…

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