OTTAWA, JULY 3: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has updated its recall warning related to onions that were imported from the US. Earlier, the CFIA had warned about red onions distributed by Thomson International due to possible Salmonella contamination. In its latest advisory, the agency has included red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions.
The inspection agency said consumers must avoid consuming the recalled products or foods containing these raw onions. Retailers, distributors, manufacturers, and food service establishments should not serve, use, or sell the recalled products.
The CFIA gave the call for recall of these onions after it conducted an investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak followed by a recall in the US. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.
The Public Health Agency of Canada said there have been six additional illnesses reported in the ongoing Canadian investigation, including illnesses in Saskatchewan and Québec. It added that there are now 120 confirmed cases in Canada.
The Public Health Agency of Canada said additional food recall warnings in Canada are possible. It said more information is needed to determine the cause of contamination in red onions imported from Thomson International Inc. The outbreak is ongoing, as recent illnesses continue to be reported to the PHAC.