Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Onions

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Posted October 22, 2021

Fast Facts
  • Illnesses: 652
  • Hospitalizations: 129
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 37
  • Recall: Yes
  • Investigation status: Active
White, yellow, and red onions

Recalled Food

ProSource Produce LLC and Keeler Family Farms have recalled whole raw red, white, and yellow onions imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico.

  • These onions were sold to restaurants and grocery stores throughout the United States.
  • The onions were last imported on August 31, but they may last up to 3 months in storage and may still be in homes and businesses.

On October 22, 2022, Keeler Family Farms (labeled as MVP), of Deming, New Mexico, recalledexternal icon whole raw onions (red, white, and yellow) shipped from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, from July 1, 2021 through August 25, 2021.

  • The onions were distributed in 25 lb. and 50 lb. mesh sacks.
  • The onions are labeled with MVP (product of MX), but were processed at Keeler Family Farms.

On October 20, 2021, ProSource Produce LLC of Hailey, Idaho, recalledexternal icon whole raw onions (red, white, and yellow) shipped from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, from July 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021.

  • The onions were distributed to wholesalers, foodservice customers, and retail stores in 50 lb., 25 lb., 10 lb., 5 lb., 3 lb., and 2 lb. mesh sacks; and 50 lb., 40 lb., 25 lb., 10 lb., and 5 lb. cartons.
  • The onions were sold under the following brands: Big Bull, Peak Fresh Produce, Sierra Madre, Markon First Crop, Markon Essentials, Rio Blue, ProSource, Rio Valley, and Sysco Imperial.
What Businesses Should Do

Do not sell or serve recalled whole raw red, white, or yellow onions.

  • Check storage coolers and coolers for these onions. If you can’t tell where they are from, throw them away.
  • Wash and sanitize any surfaces that may have come in contact with these onions.
What You Should Do

Do not buy or eat any recalled whole raw red, white, or yellow onions.

  • If you can’t tell where the onions are from, don’t buy or eat them.

Throw away any recalled whole raw red, white, or yellow onions.

  • Check to see if you have any recalled onions. If you have any recalled onions or if you can’t tell where your onions are from, don’t eat them. Throw them away.
  • Wash surfaces and containers these onions may have touched using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have 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
Symptoms of Salmonella
  • 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.
  • For more information about Salmonella, see the Salmonella Questions and Answers page.