July 30, 2012 — An onion recall has caused a cascading series of recalls for other products containing the contaminated onions. Gill Onions LLC recalled all onions produced on July 18 due to possible contamination with listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause a life-threatening food poisoning. No illnesses have been linked to the onion recall yet.
The cascading recalls began on July 19, 2012, after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection found evidence of listeria contamination. The original recall of diced and slivered red and yellow onions, diced celery, and onion mixtures were expanded on July 26, 2012 to include more diced/slivered onions and onion/celery mixes with use-by dates before August 3, 2012.
Because the onions were sold wholesale to smaller distributors, several other products are now part of the recall, including but not limited to the following:
- Trader Joe’s salsa, balela, and barbecue chicken salad sold in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Southern Virginia
- Cool Creations, LLC, or Fiesta Garden Fresh Salsa bean dip and salsa sold in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma
- Wegman’s prepared foods containing chopped/diced white onions sold in Pennsylvania
- GH Foods CA, LLC products sold in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and other states.
- Whole Foods Market prepared foods sold in Florida
Listeria is a bacteria that can cause deadly food poisoning, especially in young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy adults usually suffer short-term symptoms, including high fever, severe headache, joint stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Pregnant women who become ill can have a miscarriage or stillbirth.
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