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The Publix and Giant Eagle stores have joined the recall of onions in connection with a salmonella outbreak, which has now led to diseases in 43 states.

The Food & Drug Administration updated its investigation on Friday with information that Publix Super Markets recalled red onions sold in six states and Giant Eagle stores recalled red, yellow and white onions sold in five states.

Last week, Thomson International in Bakersfield, California, recalled all red, white, yellow and sweet yellow bulbs shipped to all 50 states and the District of Columbia from May 1 to August. 1 of concern that they may be affected, says the FDA.

The onion recall came when health officials announced that they were investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to red onions, which at the time had caused nearly 400 cases in 34 states in July. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are also investigating.

In its update Friday, the CDC reported 640 cases of salmonella newport disease and 85 hospitalizations in 43 states.

Salmonella disease often involves diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps from six hours to six days after exposure, says the CDC. More severe cases can lead to high fever, aches, headaches, inertia, rashes and blood in the urine or feces. The disease can be fatal; Salmonella leads to about 420 deaths annually in the United States, according to the CDC.

Last onion remember

Publix Super Markets recalled red onions, packaged by Del Monte Fresh Produce, and sold in bulk in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

“As part of our commitment to food safety, affected products have been removed from all store shelves, which have since been cleaned and sanitized,” said Maria Brous, Publix’s communications director, in a statement on the company’s website. “To date, no cases of illness have been reported. Customers who have purchased the product in question can return the product to their local store for a full refund.”

Giant Eagle supermarkets recalled red, yellow and white bulbs sold in production departments in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Maryland. Giant Eagle also recalled almost 50 prepared foods purchased since July 25 because they may have onions as an ingredient. Products include: Tuscan chicken salad, grilled vegetables, Philly Steak Pizza Slice, spinach dip and Pierogie Lasagna Roll Up. For the full list, go to the FDA’s website.

Earlier this week, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued new public health warnings about the recall of several finished meat and poultry products and salads sold in some Walmart, Kroger and HEB stores in 10 states because they contain recalled onions. Also remember: Amana Meat Shop and Smokehouse Ham Water were added to Vinegar Pickle, sold in 1.25 pound cans and sent to retailers in four states and sold by mail.

Cast: Kelly Tyko

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