Salmonella and Onions: The U.S. and Canada Both Hit by Large Salmonella Outbreak in the Midst of the Covid 19 Pandemic
Have you ever wondered where food comes from? Have you ever wondered if it was safe to eat, or where it had been before it got to you? These are all important questions to ask, and more importantly, to get answers to. Many times, food has travelled a long distance before arriving at the marketplace, and not always under the best conditions.
A recent outbreak in Salmonella, which both Canadian and U.S. health officials have linked to onions, has raised a great many questions. Red, White, Yellow, and Sweet Yellow Onions all over the country have been recalled by Thomson International Inc., as well as by other companies who use or have distributed those onions. This recall includes all foods that have been made with, or come into contact with these onions, even if no illnesses have been associated with consumption of that particular product. These onions at the center of the recall were distributed throughout all 50 states as well as Canada – which means it is likely that most households have the potential to come into contact with these contaminated onions. Because it may be difficult for to determine where any particular onion or product with fresh onions came from, many health experts are recommending that consumers throw away any onions, and foods made with onions, that cannot be traced back to an origin that is safe. Better to be safe than sorry.
Salmonella infections are almost always contracted from eating food, but can also be spread from animals to people (zonotic), or person to person, and is more likely to occur during warm weather. It is important to thoroughly clean your produce, properly cook your food, as well as clean dishes, surfaces, and utensils between uses in order to minimize your chances of infection. It is important to always follow the latest food safety guidelines and protocols to ensure the health and safety of your loved ones. Just a few helpful tips can reduce your chances of contact with, or infection from Salmonella. Among these are washing all fruits and vegetables thoroughly, avoiding some very high risk foods like clover sprouts; cleaning kitchen surfaces regularly, especially cutting boards; washing hands and utensils and preventing cross-contamination; and not working with food if you feel sick.
According to one Salmonella Lawsuit Lawyer, Ron Simon, “another helpful hint is to pay attention to, and adhere to, recalls and warnings about specific products.
While infection from Salmonella may be somewhat mild for some people, it can also be very serious, particularly for those with a weak immune system, small children, and the elderly. Health officials warn that consumers who are experiencing symptoms of a Salmonella infection, should contact a doctor.