These brands of whole onions have been recalled due to salmonella concerns


An ongoing whole onion recall has been extended as two other brands of fruit and vegetables have issued alerts due to potential fears of a salmonella outbreak.

Potandon Produce and Alsum Farms Produce Inc. are the latest to announce an onion recall linked to a salmonella outbreak that has left hundreds sick.

The Potandon Produce recall includes 3 and 5 pound Green Giant bags of whole yellow onions and 2 pound bags of whole white onions shipped between Thursday, July 15 and Sunday, August 22.

Officials said the Alsum Farms and Produce recall includes fresh whole yellow onions in 3 and 5 pound bags and 50 pound cartons and fresh whole white and red onions in 2 pound bags.

The recalled onions were labeled “Product of Mexico” and no other Alsum Farms and Produce products were affected.

All of the recalled onions were supplied by ProSource Produce LLC and Keeler Family Farms and imported from Chihuahua State, Mexico over the summer.

To date, nearly 900 illnesses have been reported, including more than 180 hospitalizations, although no deaths have been reported as a result of consumption of the products.

“The health and safety of our customers is our top priority,” said Heidi Randall, COO of Alsum Farms & Produce, in a statement. “We advise consumers to check their pantries for any remaining recalled product to minimize any risk to public health.”

Consuming food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours of consuming the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.

Most people recover without treatment. In some people, however, the diarrhea can be so severe that the patient must be hospitalized. The elderly, infants, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop serious illness.

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