A red onion salmonella outbreak has been identified by Health Canada. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below or foods containing these raw red onions. The person from P.E.I. had travelled to Alberta, and it's thought he or she caught the illness there.
It is not known at this time if the high number of cases are linked to a recent outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections across the US and Canada, according to the news release.
The nationwide outbreak has been traced to contaminated batches of onions sold by Thomson International Inc., according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Due to the link to red onions, all varieties that could have been contaminated are being recalled, including white, yellow and sweet onions.More news: NSW clusters grow as COVID-19 toll hits 52
Sysco is recalling red onions in Western Canada through the following Sysco locations: Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Regina.
As of July 28, there have been 938 reported cases of the salmonella linked to poultry with 151 hospitalizations.
People who have red onions at home, or are buying them at a store, should look for a label - which may be printed on the package or on a sticker - showing where they were grown.
PHAC is advising people in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario to throw away red onions that came from the USA and food products that may have been made with these onions, and is asking restaurants to do the same.More news: Google's Autofill Getting Last Thing It Truly Needed
The agency says the investigation is ongoing, and it's possible that additional sources of infection will be identified and food recall warnings may be issued. PHAC also advises people to clean and sanitize their fridge, shelves or any surface that came in contact with the red onion.
PHAC says people are believed to have fallen ill between mid-June and mid-July.
Salmonella symptoms typically start six to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria, and can include fever, chills, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache, nausea and vomiting.More news: Matt Dumba is first NHL player to kneel during US National Anthem