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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