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Various products, including salads sold in some Walmart, Kroger and HEB stores in five states, are included in a new public health warning because they contain recalled onions.
The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued the warning Wednesday night for finished meat and poultry products containing “onions that have been recalled by Thomson International Inc. due to concerns that the products may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport. “
Thomson International in Bakersfield, California, on Saturday recalled all red, white, yellow and sweet yellow onions shipped from May 1 through the current concern that they may be affected, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
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The onion recall came after health officials announced they were investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to red onions, which has caused nearly 400 cases reported in 34 states this month.
But while the red onions potentially contaminated with salmonella were shipped to supermarkets and restaurants in all 50 states and Canada, the products in the new health care product were shipped “to retail locations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.”
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“FSIS takes this public health warning with the utmost care to ensure that consumers are aware that these products, which bear the USDA mark for inspection, should not be consumed,” the USDA said in a statement. “As more information becomes available, FSIS will update this General Health Warning.”
The products have the establishment number “P-34733” or “34733” inside the USDA mark for inspection or printed on the container. See product labels on the USDA page.
The finished meat and poultry fennels were manufactured by Taylor Farms on July 30 and 31. The products concerned include:
- 7.25-ounce plastic sealed container marked as “Sausage Breakfast Scramble Bowl” with batch code TFD212AU8 and TFD213AU8 and with the best if used by 08/06/2020 or 08/07/2020.
- 6.2-ounce plastic sealed container marked as “Taylor Farms Cheddar Cheese & Chicken Salad Snack Tray” with use before the date 08/06/20 or 08/07/20 and batch code TFD212AU7 and TFD213AU7.
- 41.35-ounce plastic bags containing “Chicken Salad” with use before 08/04/20 or 08/05/20 and batch codes TFD212AU8 and TFD213AU8.
- 10-ounce plastic sealed container marked as “Chicken Salad Deli Snack” with batch codes TFD212AU3 and TFD213AU3 with best on date 08/06/2020 or 08/07/2020.
- 7.75 ounce plastic sealed container marked as “HEB Shake Rattle Bowl SOUTHWEST SALAD with CHICKEN” and a best if used after the date “Aug 10/2020 and lot code TFD213AU20.”
- 17.25-ounce plastic sealed container marked “Marketside SOUTHWEST STYLE SALAD WITH CHICKEN” with the best if used after the date “08/11/20 or 08/12/2020 and party codes TFD212AU26 or TFD213AU26.”
According to health alarms, there have been “no confirmed reports of disease due to consumption of the FSIS-regulated products containing these bulbs.”
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FDA is investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella newport infections that may be linked to the bulbs. But so far, the FDA has not found any specific source of contamination has been identified and is also investigating other potential sources of contamination, the agency said.
Those who become ill with salmonella often develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps from six hours to six days after exposure, says the CDC. People with more severe cases may have a 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.
“FSIS is concerned that certain products may be in consumers’ refrigerators,” the health official said. Consumers who have purchased these products are encouraged not to consume them. These products must be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. “
For information, consumers can call Thomson International at 661-845-1111.
Cast: Mike Snider, USA TODAY
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