TA-FC ClipBoard: This title is misleading: ONION SALMONELLA OUTBREAK WALMART, KROGER, PUBLIX, H-E-B. It makes one think onions in the produce department are being recalled, when in fact prepared foods using infected onions were recalled – all of them animal products. Usually recalls are made by the companies producing the food. Except for Taylor Farms and Amana Meat shop the rest of the items were made in-house. “Marketside” must be WalMart’s store brand, but who makes the product?
I often wondered who to call or hold responsible for an infected product when it’s the store brand. Who inspects these store brand companies? Where are they located? Do they really exist or are they actually large known companies that put somebody else’s label on their products at a reduced price?
The consumer deserves to know who makes the product that isn’t made in the grocery store, and how to track the product and who to contact regarding the product’s safety status. Store managers know nothing.
Making up a fictitious name and putting it on somebody else’s product from somebody else’s manufacturing plants needs to be outlawed. I can see nothing but trouble arising out of the “trust us” mentality that grocery stores are expecting their customers to buy into.
> Taylor Farms Cheddar Cheese & Chicken Salad Snack Tray
Sausage Breakfast Scramble Bowl sold at Walmart
- If these are actually made onsite, where did the food prep people get the onions?
> .25-pound jar of Amana Meat Shop and Smokehouse Ham Water Added in Vinegar Pickle
Walmart Chicken Salad Deli Snack
- Does Walmart chicken salad arrive at the deli already made or do they make it at the deli? The customers deserve to know.
> 41.35-ounce plastic bags containing bulk chicken salad, sold at Kroger
- Where did the bulk chicken come from? The customer deserves to know.
> H-E-B Shake Rattle & Bowl Southwest Salad with Chicken
> Walmart’s “Marketside Southwest style Salad with Chicken
- Does “MARKETSIDE” have an address, telephone number and email?
In this entire article I still don’t know where the onions came from or how they isolated the onion from all the other ingredients in the prepared food products. TELL US.
Who is Thomson International? Are the onions in all supermarkets infected, or only those onions that are contained in animal-based prepackaged products? Why don’t we know this? IS SOMEBODY TESTING ALL THE ONIONS FROM ALL THE FARMS?
Should I eat the onions in my refrigerator? Who investigated and wrote this article for Yahoo News? Why didn’t they ask questions? Not allowed to do that? Who owns and operates Yahoo? From the UK? If this is a Bakersfield, California story, why is it news in Miami, Florida? Bakersfield doesn’t have a press? Does Taylor Farms grow onions? Where are the onions grown? Are they grown on the same land where animals are raised for slaughter? Same fertilizer?
The public doesn’t need to know details, only to stop buying certain products from certain stores?? Wait just a minute. You’re talking about our health, and you’re telling us not to worry? What took so long? How many people were sick, but didn’t go to the doctor or hospital? Who is fudging the figures? They always do.
You can’t blame this on President Trump. Maybe because he wasn’t in the story it wasn’t considered newsworthy? Or maybe because white people weren’t killing black people with salmonella, it didn’t matter?
People need to be held accountable in a public way, not in secret. Yes, we do have a right to know. How about we all stop buying onions – forever? Do you like that?? Do we matter now? If the populace thinks their food supply is being tampered with there will be mayhem. Not over what happened in the 15th century, but over what’s happening right now.
Give us ALL the details.
THE OUTBREAK IS GROWING BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT ISN’T STOPPING THE SALE OF ONIONS AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING ONIONS.
HOW DO WE KNOW WHICH ONIONS ARE SAFE? Most onions are sold in singles in produce departments.
Who stands to lose the most money?
The Salmonella Newport outbreak linked to onions has expanded into one of the largest in recent years, with 640 people sickened in 43 states, as of the most recent CDC update.
As the outbreak has expanded, so have the associated food recalls.
Food off the shelves
Once Bakersfield, California-based Thomson International initiated a 50-state recall of white, red, yellow and sweet yellow onions last week, the next wave of recalls would be of all the products that included those onions. That wave washed out products sold at Walmart, Kroger and Giant Eagle, all of which were recalled this week.
Also recalled were red onions packaged by Del Monte Fresh Produce and sold via bulk displays at Publix stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia. The Lakeland-based chain says no Florida stores were involved in this recall of red onions shipped to Publix in July with product lookup number 4082.
The USDA put out a Public Health Alert about these onion-containing food products from Taylor Farms, the producer in the earlier Walmart and Kroger recalls. Consumers with any of the below products should return them to the store for a full refund.
▪ Sausage Breakfast Scramble Bowl sold at Walmart with lot Nos. TFD212AU8 and TFD213AU8.
▪ Kroger-sold Taylor Farms Cheddar Cheese & Chicken Salad Snack Tray with use by dates 08/06/20 or 08/07/20 and lot Nos. TFD212AU7 and TFD213AU7.
▪ 41.35-ounce plastic bags containing bulk chicken salad, sold at Kroger, with use by dates 08/04/20 or 08/05/20 and lot Nos. TFD212AU8 and TFD213AU8.
▪ Walmart-sold Chicken Salad Deli Snack with lot Nos. TFD212AU3 and TFD213AU3 and best by dates of 08/06/2020 or 08/07/2020.
▪ H-E-B Shake Rattle & Bowl Southwest Salad with Chicken, best by date of “Aug 10/2020” and lot No. TFD213AU20.
▪ Walmart’s “Marketside Southwest style Salad with Chicken, best by date of 08/11/20 or 08/12/2020 and lot Nos. TFD212AU26 or TFD213AU26.
The above products went to Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, according to the USDA, although Walmart’s store list includes many more states. The jar of ham below went to stores in California, Illinois, South Carolina and Iowa and were available by mail order nationwide.
▪ 1.25-pound jar of Amana Meat Shop and Smokehouse Ham Water Added in Vinegar Pickle, lot Nos. E2620, F0320, F3720, F5420, G0620, G1720 and G3920.
The CDC’s state-by-state map says the only states without people sickened: Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Hawaii, Vermont and Rhode Island.
Predictably, considering Thomson International’s California home base, the states with the most ill sit in the Western United States region. Utah (90), Oregon (85), California (76) and Montana (52) account for 303 cases, 47.3 percent of the 640 cases total.
Of the 640 cases, 85 required hospitalization. Salmonella hits about 1.35 million Americans each year, hospitalizing about 26,500, usually with bloody diarrhea, and killing 420. For most people, it means four to seven days of diarrhea, stomachaches and fever.