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Health alert: Canada-wide onion recall issued after possible salmonella contamination

Food contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is notifying consumers that several brands of onions are being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. 

A food recall warning posted on Monday (Nov. 8) states that the industry is recalling Dorsey brand, MVP brand, Pier-C brand, and Riga Farms brand onions, "Product of Mexico" from the marketplace due to possible salmonella contamination.

The recalled products have been sold in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.

These products may also have been sold in bulk or in smaller packages with or without a label and may not bear the same brand or product names. The CFIA will continue its investigation into other possible importers and additional recalls may follow.

The notification follows several other onion recalls in the past weeks

You should not consume the recalled products or foods containing these raw onions. 

Photo via Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Photo via Canadian Food Inspection Agency

What you should do

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Check to see if you have the recalled products in your home or establishment. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased. If you are unsure of the identity of the onions in your possession, check with your place of purchase.

Food contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

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