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Products sold at retailers including Smith’s, Walmart among expanded onion recall


CASPER, Wyo. — A Salmonella Newport outbreak associated with red onions has led to 640 illnesses across the country, including 16 in Wyoming, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration. The outbreak has also led to 85 hospitalizations since July 23.

The FDA provided updated recall information related to the outbreak on Thursday, Aug. 13. Thomson International initially  “recalled all varieties of onions that could have come in contact with potentially contaminated red onions, due to the risk of cross-contamination” on Aug. 1.

“Recalled products include red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions shipped from May 1, 2020 to August 1, 2020,” the FDA says. “Onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.”

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“The onions were distributed in 5 lbs. carton. 10 lbs. carton. 25 lbs. carton. 40 lbs. carton, 50 lbs. carton. bulk, 2 lb. mesh sacks, and 3 lb. mesh sacks, 5 lb. mesh sacks, 10 lb. mesh sacks 25 lbs. mesh sacks, 50 lbs. mesh sacks.”

The products were distributed under the following brand names, according to the FDA:

  • Thomson Premium
  • TLC Thomson International
  • Tender Loving Care
  • El Competitor
  • Hartley’s Best
  • Onions 52
  • Majestic
  • Imperial Fresh
  • Kroger
  • Utah Onions
  • Food Lion

The FDA also provides photos of brand labels.

Companies have also issued recalls for onions linked to Thomson International. The FDA says those retailers include:

Publix Super Markets (red onions, packaged by Del Monte Fresh Produce, N.A., Inc. and sold in bulk merchandise displays in AL, GA, NC, SC, TN, and VA)

Giant Eagle (red, yellow and white onions sold in produce departments in PA, OH, WV, IN and MD)

Trader Joe’s – Recalled by Progressive Produce, LLC (conventional red onions soldonly in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah stores, and sold loose in bulk bins with PLU sticker with the brand name Pacific Gold)

Ralph’s – Recalled by Progressive Produce, LLC (conventional yellow onions sold only in California stores and sold loose in bulk bins with PLU sticker with the brand name Pacific Gold)

Walmart – Recalled by Thomson International (sold at select stores)

Kroger – Recalled by Thomson International (red, white, yellow, and yellow vidalia onions)

Food Lion – Recalled by Thomson International (red, white and yellow onions)


Products which contain recalled onions include the following, according to the FDA:

Giant Eagle (prepared products sold in PA, OH, WV, IN, MD)

Kroger – Recalled by Taylor Farms (macaroni and pasta salad sold in LA and TX)

Walmart – Recalled by Taylor Farms (Marketside diced yellow onions, diced mirepoix, and fajita stir fry tray sold in  CO, IA, IL, KS, MO, ND, NE, OK, SD)

Spokane Produce (salsa sold in ID, MT, OR, WA)

Kroger (cheese dips)

Kroger Mid-Atlantic (cheese dips sold in VA, WV, and the eastern portions of TN (Johnson City/Kingsport), KY (Ashland), OH (Belpre/Marietta/Proctorville))

Kroger Delta Division (cheese dips sold in West TN, AR, MS, KY (Murray, Paducah), MO (Poplar Bluff))

Fry’s Food Stores (cheese dips)

Fred Meyer (cheese dips)

Smith’s (cheese dips)

FSIS Public Health Alert For Ready-to-Eat Meat and Poultry Products Containing FDA-Regulated Onions that have been Recalled


Further details regarding the outbreak are available from the FDA.