PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The produce company linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people is recalling whole raw onions as the investigation continues, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
ProSource Inc. is recalling all red, yellow and white onions shipped from Chihuahua, Mexico, between July 1 and Aug. 31 because they may be contaminated.
The onions were shipped to restaurants and grocery stores nationwide, including in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The FDA said the onions were either sold in mesh sacks or cartons under the following brand names: Big Bull, Peak Fresh Produce, Sierra Madre, Markon First Crop, Markon Essentials, Rio Blue, ProSource, Rio Valley and Sysco Imperial.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) connected the nationwide outbreak, which has sickened 652 people in 37 states, to the onions on Wednesday.
Rhode Island has not reported any illnesses to date, though Massachusetts has reported 12 and Connecticut has reported four.
The actual number of people who were sickened by the onions is likely much higher, the CDC said, since many people recover without reporting the illness.
ProSource believes the potentially contaminated onions were last imported on Aug. 27, but the company is concerned they may still be in stores and homes due to their long shelf life.
The FDA is urging anyone who purchased the recalled onions not to eat them and to throw them out instead.
The CDC suggests anyone who’s unsure where their onions came from to err on the side of caution when it comes to eating or serving them.