Public health notice: Update on Salmonella outbreak linked to various onion products

Published August 7, 2020

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has updated its public health notice related to an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to various onion products imported from the United States.

This is further to a previous food recall warning issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on July 31 and a public health notice issued from PHAC on July 30.

There is no evidence to suggest that onions grown in Canada are associated with this outbreak. Onions imported from the United States continue to be under investigation.

Canadians are advised not to eat the recalled products. Retailers and foodservice businesses are advised not to serve, use, or sell the recalled products.

Guidance for foodservice operators

Foodservice operators across Canada are advised not to serve, use, or sell any red, white, yellow, and sweet yellow onions from Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California, USA, or any products made with these onions. CFIA has issued food recall warnings for related products that came to Canada. Some of these products were possibly distributed nationally. Additional food recall warnings in Canada are possible. More information on recalled products is available on the CFIA website.

Restaurants Canada will continue to provide updates, as necessary, as the investigation evolves.

Marlee Wasser

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