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Sat Aug 1, 2020, 09:42 AM

Red onions linked to salmonella outbreak that has sickened people in 31 states

Source: CNN

A multistate outbreak of salmonella poisoning that has sickened almost 400 people in 31 states has been traced back to red onions, federal health officials said. And a company based in Bakersfield, California is the likely source of the potentially contaminated onions, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

"Although the investigation has determined that red onions are the likely source of this outbreak, Thomson International, Inc. has notified FDA that it will be recalling all varieties of onions that could have come in contact with potentially contaminated red onions, due to the risk of cross-contamination," the agency said in a statement Friday.

The onion recall will include red, white, yellow and sweet onions from Thomson International.
So far salmonella Newport has sickened 396 people and put nearly 60 into the hospital. The first cases were reported between June 19 and July 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The FDA said the investigation into the outbreak is continuing to determine whether any other products are linked to the illness. Salmonella cases with a similar genetic fingerprint to the US cases have also been identified in Canada.


Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/01/health/red-onions-salmonella-outbreak/index.html



Infections have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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left-of-center2012 Saturday OP
zeusdogmom Saturday #1
getagrip_already Saturday #2
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left-of-center2012 Saturday #6
getagrip_already Saturday #8
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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 10:31 AM

1. So glad I have a garden

Even with the days of high temps and lack of rain, I have managed to keep everything growing including the onions. The garden has been a lot of work this summer but so worth it. Every time there is a news story about some type of produce being contaminated and recalled, I thank God for my blessing and sheer dumb luck of having garden space ... and plant some more seeds.

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Response to zeusdogmom (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 10:53 AM

2. I have one also, but as it was not so gently pointed out to me.....

There are those who say growing your own food is eliteist. You have to have enough space and time to grow your own food. Only people of wealth would have that.

I'm not talking about a few containers or small corners of your yard. I'm talking about being able to grow enough to can and eat throughout the year. It can get expensive.

One of the things I have to learn is to grow more of fewer items. I grew a lot of things this year to see what grows well and what we like, but as a result we have a few of a lot of veggies. Enough for a few meals and general satisfaction, but don'task how much each tomato is costing me.

The real evil here is the safety of our commercial sector has been degraded severely. fda testing is a joke under this admin, Pesticide restrictions were eviscerated by the epa. Nobody is watching the farmers, who are being stretched thin between bad weather and a lack of migrant workers.

Sure, these incidents have always happened in small batches. But 400 people in 31 states shows nobody was watching. This is only going to get worse. The agencies have been stripped bare. Competent dedicated guv workers have been driven out and have been replaced with hacks, if at all. It will take decades to recover.

We need multiple truth commissions. One for each major agency. It is that bad.

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Response to getagrip_already (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 11:10 AM

3. Your post I couldn't agree with more, regulations have been fast

disappearing and commercial farmers are dealing with pressures. The US food system is deteriorated in quality and safety to a large extent.

It's one of the reasons I keep mentioning to younger ones that they must start learning how to garden, however small in order to learn and supplement meals even slightly to prepare for rocky times ahead. I call them 'democracy gardens.'

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 11:54 AM

8. what % of farmable land is owned by non-whites?

I think the number I saw was 95% of farmable land is owned by whites. Ok, whatever the real number is, it means whites are far more likely to own land.

And owning or leasing land is a first step to large gardens.

There is a common theme in prepper/farmer communities: heritage. They claim it is their, and only their right to have a homestead.

If you had a huge garden, you had a fair amount of land. Most don't. Just because you were poor and grew food doesn't mean it isn't eliteist. Not everyone can.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 06:37 PM

13. sorry, that is really funny actually...

I wasn't attacking you. Just pointing out what I've been assaulted with, and some of it makes sense.

No, you aren't an elitist. But in general, people who have a half football field worth of land don't represent the land ownership of poc (of which I am don't belong) or even close to what they can typically hope to own.

So please, don't melt. I'm not attacking you. Just pointing out that a large % of this country doesn't own land, and can't grow enough food to provide their own security.

Really, don't take stuff so personally when it isn't intended.

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Response to getagrip_already (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 05:08 PM

11. Christ in a trailer hitch. I will leave others to deal with this "elitist" issue.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 11:14 AM

4. Oh No, not another Red Scare. n/t

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 11:33 AM

5. Hmm

I just ate a half a red onion yesterday. But it was cooked. I'm guessing cooking kills the salmonella. How do we even know if we have the tainted onions? I have another red one and a bag of yellow ones too.

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Response to cannabis_flower (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 11:51 AM

7. Just threw all the red onions I had away, then bought a new one ...

figured the store would have pulled any tainted produce by now.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 03:04 PM

10. so glad I don't eat red onions

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 05:41 PM

12. I like cooking onions, especially sauteed in olive oil with a splash of wine

but never liked them raw. I've seen folks bite into raw onion wedges as if they were apple slices.

160 F is enough to kill Salmonella

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