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Do You Have Contaminated Onions in Your Kitchen?

Do You Have Contaminated Onions in Your Kitchen?

Onions now can do more than just make you cry. Recently, Gill Onions announced a voluntary recall due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

What is Listeria monocytogenes? It is an organism that can do a little or a lot of damage.

  • People who need to be especially cautious of it are young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. For them, Listeria monocytogenes can be quite serious or even fatal.
  • Those who are pregnant should also be careful because the bacteria may cause stillbirth or miscarriage.
  • For everyone else, the symptoms vary from high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Although the company is located in California, this recall is nation-wide, specifically to retailers in Canada and multiple states. However, customers need to more than just wary of the onions but of products containing the onions in it as well. A list of these products and the states affected by the recall can be found on the Food and Drug Administration web site.

Fortunately, no one yet has reported becoming ill.

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3:16PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

If it ain't organic it ain't no good. Onion HAVE to be organic!

3:42PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Onions are delicious...cooked.

11:37PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

We've been eating onions all our lives, and everything is just fine... no illnesses, nada!

3:28PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

ok...listeria can be found in the soil....but...this is the first onion recall I have heard of....what is different here?

3:03PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

eat ramps

8:09AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

I grow my own scallions. You just cut off the root clump on the bottom, and plant it, and you'll have another onion in a few weeks.

7:36AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Wasn't aware of this

4:58AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Sounds like it might be a false alert, though Gills recalled their products so as to be safe and not sorry. Since nobody had reported becoming ill I too wonder how they became aware of the Listeria and what caused the contamination.
We buy all our onions, shallots, garlic etc fresh, but as someone else mentioned (Howard?) that doesn't protect you from packaged onions that certain restaurants might use. Most probably use fresh, but probably not fast food chains.

9:59PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

ok, so how did these onions become contaminated???

6:39PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

My body rejects onions.

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