Consumers are being urged by the CDC to throw out any whole red, white or yellow onions purchased that have no sticker or packaging as they may be linked to a salmonella outbreak.
According to federal health officials on Wednesday, ProSource Inc. out of Hailey, Idaho, has been identified as a source of contaminated whole, fresh onions from Chihuahua, Mexico.
No deaths have been reported, however, due to the salmonella outbreak, at least 129 people are in the hospital, according to the CDC.
The FDA and CDC are telling consumers, restaurants and retailers to not eat, sell or serve the red, yellow or white onions imported from Chihuaha from July 1-Aug. 27.
The CDC says to call your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you show any of these severe Salmonella symptoms:
- Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
- Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
- Bloody diarrhea
- So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
- Signs of dehydration, such as:
- Not peeing much
- Dry mouth and throat
- Feeling dizzy when standing up
According to the CDC, most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
- Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria.
- Most people recover without treatment after 4 to 7 days.
“Some people – especially children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems – may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization.”