Onions connected to U.S. Salmonella outbreak recalled in Canada

Gwillimdale Farms is recalling Gwillimdale Farms brand onions, product of Mexico from the marketplace because of possible Salmonella contamination.

This recall was triggered by an onion recall by ProSource Produce LLC, of Hailey, Idaho. ProSource Produce LLC onions have been connected to a Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak that has infected more than 650 people. Federal officials say the outbreak has been traced to the fresh onions from Mexico.

Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below or foods containing these raw onions. Retailers, distributors, manufacturers, and foodservice establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals, and nursing homes should not serve, use, or sell the recalled products.

The following products have been sold in Ontario and Quebec and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.

Recalled products:

BrandProductSizeUPCCodesAdditional information
Gwillimdale FarmsOnions2 lbs (907 g)6 28250 41454 7
  • 07/09/21
  • 07/13/21
  • 07/14/21
  • 07/15/21
  • 07/16/21
  • 07/19/21
  • 07/20/21
Product of Mexico
Gwillimdale FarmsOnions3 lbs (1.36 kg)6 28250 41455 4
  • 07/16/21
  • 07/19/21
Product of Mexico
Gwillimdale FarmsOnions5 lbs (2.27 kg)6 28250 41456 1
  • 07/13/21
  • 07/15/21
  • 07/16/21
  • 07/19/21
Product of Mexico

Consumers should check to see if you have the recalled products in their home or establishment. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.

As of the posting of this recall, there have been no reported illnesses in Canada associated with the consumption of these products.

About Salmonella infections

Food that is contaminated with Salmonella bacteria usually does not look, smell or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection, but infants, children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients need to be hospitalized. 

Older adults, children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

It is possible for some people to be infected with the bacteria and to not get sick or show any symptoms, but to still be able to spread the infection to others.

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