Prepping your Thanksgiving meals? Watch out for these recalled onions, which could carry salmonella

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Getting ready to shop for Thanksgiving groceries? Watch out for recalled onions in the produce aisle.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded its onion recall Monday, adding products to a list of onions linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 892 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Though the salmonella outbreak was first reported in mid-September, the FDA did not link the growing outbreak to onions until October. All affected onions were imported from Mexico from July 1 to Aug. 31 and supplied by ProSource Produce and Keeler Family Farms, according to the CDC. The onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants and retail stores.

As of Tuesday, the salmonella outbreak has caused at least 183 hospitalizations across 38 states and Puerto Rico, according to the CDC. The agency said the investigation is active.

The CDC says to throw onions away if you don't know where they're from.
The CDC says to throw onions away if you don't know where they're from.

Recalls announced Monday include onions from Alsum Farms & Produce that were delivered to select retailers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania, as well as some onions supplied from Keeler Family Farms and sold as Green Giant Fresh onions in Illinois. The recall does not affect any Green Giant canned or frozen vegetable products.

Which onions have been recalled?

The CDC said all contaminated onions were imported from Chihuahua, Mexico. The FDA recall includes:

► Some onions (red, yellow and white) from Keeler Family Farms distributed in 25-pound and 50-pound mesh sacks marked as MVP.

► Some red, yellow and white raw onions from ProSource Produce distributed in mesh sacks and cartons of various sizes under a variety of brand names, including Big Bull, Peak Fresh Produce, Sierra Madre, Markon First Crop, Markon Essentials, Rio Blue, ProSource, Rio Valley and Sysco Imperial.

► Onions received in meal kits from EveryPlate and HelloFresh from July 7 through Sept. 8.

► Some Green Giant Fresh whole yellow onions in 2-pound bags, 3-pound bags, and 5-pound bags; whole white onions in 2-pound bags; and whole red onions in 2-pound bags from ProSource Produce with UPC codes 60580600120-8, 60580600123-9, 60580600170-3, 60580600218-2 and 60580600248-9.

► Some Pier-C Produce whole 2-pound white onions from Keeler Family Farms with the UPC code 03338360051-2.

► Some Alsum Farms & Produce fresh whole yellow onions in 3-pound bags, 5-pound bags and 50-pound cartons; fresh whole white onions in 2-pound bags; and fresh whole red onions in 2-pound bags sourced from Keeler Family Farms.

Are onions safe to eat?

The recalled products should be thrown out or returned, according to the FDA and CDC.

“If you can’t tell where the onions are from, don’t buy or eat them,” the CDC said. “Wash surfaces and containers these onions may have touched using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.”

The onions could be contaminated with salmonella, which can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain among healthy people. The bacteria can lead to serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children or elderly people, and in rare circumstances can produce more severe illnesses such as infected aneurysms, endocarditis and arthritis, according to the FDA.

Symptoms usually start six hours to six days after ingesting the bacteria, and most people recover without treatment after four to seven days, according to the CDC.

► FDA onion recall: Onions linked to salmonella outbreak in 37 states recalled for possible contamination

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: FDA onion recall: FDA announces more products linked to salmonella

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