The FDA this week released a handful of recalls that all involve different types of onions. Suffice it to say, if you tend to cook with onions, or even have a meal kit that has onions as an ingredient, you’ll want to keep a close eye on the onion brands listed below. The recall of onions, as it often happens with food, is due to the potential for contamination with Salmonella.
Brands subject to the onion recall
As meal kits have grown in popularity, HelloFresh has become one of the tastiest meal kit options. Unfortunately, all HelloFresh products with onions that were available to consumers before September 8, 2021 are being recalled. A list of HelloFresh product codes and production week dates can be found here.
Next, the FDA issued a recall for the onions supplied by Keeler Family Farms. The onions here were available under the Green Giant Fresh brand in 2, 3, and 5 pound bags. The offending onions are of the red, yellow and white variety and were available for purchase between July 15 and July 30, 2021. More information on this recall is available here. Note that onions from Keeler Family Farms were available in stores across the country in all 50 states.
Some packaged onions from Keeler Family Farms were also available in 25 and 50 pound mesh bags. To date, Keeler Family Farms onions have caused more than 650 illnesses and 202 hospitalizations in 37 states.
EveryPlate, which is another meal kit company, is also recalling all kits with onions that were available from July 7 to September 8, 2021. The product codes and production dates of the onions and meal kits involved may be viewed here. Like the two recalls above, this recall also arises from the possibility of Salmonella contamination.
Subsequently, onions from ProSource Produce LLC are also subject to a recall. ProSource Produce operates out of Idaho and recalls raw onions, in red, yellow and white imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, between July 1, 2021 and August 31, 2021. The onions involved here ultimately ended up in a variety of branded packaging including Big Bull, Peak Fresh Produce, Sierra Madre, Markon First Crop., Markon Essentials, Rio Blue, ProSource, Rio Valley and Sysco Imperial.
A list of onions you need to throw away
Do you want to see all the brands of onions in a nice, tidy list? Here is:
- Red, yellow and white onions from Green Giant (Potandon Produce LLC)
- EveryPlate Onions Meal Kits
- HelloFresh Onions Meal Kits
- Red, yellow and white onions MVP (Keeler Family Farms)
- Whole Red, Yellow and White Raw Onions from ProSource Produce LLC sold under the following brands:
- Big bull
- Cutting edge fresh products
- Sierra Madre
- Markon’s first crop
- Markon Essentials
- Rio Blue
- RioSysco Imperial Valley
If you are unsure whether or not you have impacted bunions, the safest thing to do is throw them all away. You can also contact your grocer with any questions.
The health risks associated with salmonella
Salmonella is a common reason behind food recalls. Salmonella is a very common bacterial infection that causes over 1.35 million infections per year. The good news is that a salmonella infection is usually not incredibly serious or fatal. On average, Salmonella infections cause 27,000 hospitalizations and 420 deaths each year.
Most symptoms of salmonella only last a few days to a week, at most. Some symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. In severe cases, antibiotics can help beat a salmonella infection. More often than not, people are able to recover on their own within a few days.