Fresh Red, White & Yellow Onion Recall [Canada]

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Canada/Ottawa: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”), an Ottawa, Ontario regulatory and food safety authority updates its existing recall for certain batch/lots of Onions to include all Red, Yellow, White and Sweet Yellow Fresh Onions from the Canadian marketplace sold by Thomson International Inc., a Bakersfield, California establishment.

This recall notification expands the known scope of physical distribution of these Onions to include additional areas within Canada.

The original recall was initiated due to Onions imported from the United States and now suspected of Salmonella Newport contamination with consequential risks of Gram-negative bacterial infection, severe illness and/or possible life-changing complications, all serious health hazards.


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Additional information:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) reports the following Fresh Red, Yellow, White and Sweet Yellow Fresh Onions are subject to this recall:

The Fresh Onions were distributed under the following brand names

  • El Competitor
  • Imperial Fresh
  • Onions 52
  • Tender Loving Care
  • Thomson Premium
  • TLC Thomson International
  • Thomson International
  • Thomson International Premium

And in the following form factors:

  • Mesh Sack
  • Carton
  • Box
  • Bulk

Please consult the photograph above for details of the food’s packaging, design and retail presentation.

==> No barcodes, UPCs, best-before date codes, manufacturing date codes, production dates, expiry dates, regulatory approval designations, registration numbers, agency approval designations or other identification numbers were listed with this recall notification.

According to the CFIA, it has recalled all batch/lots of Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions grown by Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California and imported from the United States into the Canadian marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. You should not consume the recalled Onions identified above nor foods containing these raw Onions. Further, retailers, distributors, manufacturers, and food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals and nursing homes should not serve, use or sell the recalled products

Please note, these Raw Fresh Onions may also have been purchased on-line or through various restaurant locations. They 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. When in doubt, ask your supplier or toss out the suspect Onions.

==> For information about Salmonellosis (Salmonella poisoning), please consult the “Illnesses” tab on this site, located at the top of this page.

Distribution of these Onions is now thought to be throughout the Canadian provinces and territories of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. It is possible, however, that these products were distributed nationally throughout Canada. Consumption of the Onions identified n this recall notification, therefore, should be avoided throughout Canada until further notice or unless the Canadian Food Inspection Agency certifies they are fit for human consumption.

As of August 7, 2020, there have been 239 confirmed cases of Salmonella Newport illness linked to this outbreak in the following provinces: British Columbia (67), Alberta (149), Saskatchewan (5), Manitoba (13), Ontario (3), Quebec (1) and Prince Edward Island (1).

Individuals became sick between mid-June and late July 2020. Twenty-nine (29) individuals have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Individuals who became ill are between 0 and 100 years of age. The majority of cases (54%) are female.

==> Never depend on your senses of sight, smell, taste or touch to confirm food poisoning, adulteration or contamination. If in doubt about the safety of any food, return it to your retailer for refund or toss it out in your household garbage, making sure neither small children nor household pets can access the suspect food.

==> If you have a medical emergency, please contact 9-1-1, your closest hospital or emergency center equipped to properly treat bacterial poisonings such as Salmonellosis.

If you have any further questions, comments or complaints about this recall, please complete the following Web-based enquiry form from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, available here:

You can also reach the CFIA toll-free at 1-800-442-2342 (Canada and US) or 1-613-773-2342 (local or international) during normal business hours, Eastern Standard Time. If you are a member of the working press/media, you can reach the CFIA at 1-613-773-6600 or by e-mail at

The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating an outbreak of human illness. Please refer to the Public Health Notice for further details on this active outbreak investigation, available here

==> To see other recalls and notifications caused by contaminated, adulterated or mislabeled Red, Yellow, White and/or Sweet Yellow Fresh Onions, please search for “onion” or more generically, “vegetables” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

==> To see other recalls and notifications caused by suspected Salmonella contamination, please search for “Salmonella” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

==> To see other recalls and notifications for products manufactured, marketed and/or sold by Thomson, please search for “Thomson” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

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More information about this recall:
CFIA reference number: not listed
Recalls Direct RIN: 13350-2020
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