By: Peter Babb
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking people to check their onions after a salmonella outbreak has over 650 people across the country sick.
The CDC said fresh, whole red, white and yellow onions that were imported from Chihuahua, Mexico are infected. ProSource Inc. distributed them to grocery stores and restaurants throughout the U.S. Leading to Salmonella cases in 37 states.
The CDC has stated that the highest number of cases are in Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia, Maryland and Illinois. While no one has died, 129 people have been hospitalized. The CDC said that they are investigating to find out whether other onions and suppliers are linked to the outbreak.
Some of the symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. These symptoms begin to show within six hours to six days after being exposed. Salmonella typically lasts four to seven days. Luckily, most people do recover without treatment.
“If you can’t tell where they are from, throw them away,” said the CDC. “Wash and sanitize any surfaces that may have come in contact with these onions.”