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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96 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Vabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

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Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson5 years ago

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

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Eric Luu
Eric Luu5 years ago

Onions are delicious...cooked.

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Giana Peranio-paz
Giana P5 years ago

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

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Dee Campbell
Deborah Campbell5 years ago

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

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Bill C.
Bill C5 years ago

eat ramps

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Jordan W.
Jordan W.5 years ago

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.

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Graham McCrossan
graham McCrossan5 years ago

Wasn't aware of this

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Sam M.
Sam E M5 years ago

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.

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Sheri P.
Sheri P5 years ago

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

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