Onion recall expands to include Canadian food products, including Vancouver plant-based "crab" cakes

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      A recall for American onions has continued to expand and now includes more onions as well as some Canadian food products.

      A recall for red onions from Thomson International Inc. (Bakersfield, California) began on July 31 and later added yellow, sweet yellow, and white onions to the list and involving several companies and brand names.

      On August 7, several food products, including salads, sandwiches, and salsa, were added to the recall.

      Last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) some more onions to the recall list on August 12.

      The CFIA stated that Krown Produce is recalling red and yellow onions grown by Thomson International Inc. (Bakersfield, California)

      These onions may have been purchased online or at restaurant locations. They may have been sold in bulk or in smaller packages, and may have been sold with or without a label, and may not have the same product names or brands as listed.

      Krown Red Onions, in 4.54 kilogram/10 pound packages up to August 5, were sold in B.C. at the following locations:

      • 70 Mile General Store (1556 Cariboo Highway, P.O. Box 129, 70 Mile House);
      • Balfour Superette (7824 Highway 3A, Balfour);
      • Blind Bay Country Market (Golf Course Drive, Blind Bay);
      • Clarke’s General Store (5750 Horsefly Road, Horsefly);
      • Edgewood General Store (Box 16, Edgewood);
      • J & D Meat and Groceries (435 Elliot St., Quesnel);
      • Lakeview Store (14729 Highway 3A, Gray Creek);
      • PGI Market On 5th (2900 5th Avenue, Prince George);
      • Little Kingdom (11284 Westside Rodd., Vernon);
      • The Sea Store (9226 Kokanee Road, Vernon);
      • Slocan Village Market (519 Harold Street, Slocan).

      Meanwhile, Krown Yellow Onions, in 4.54 kilogram/10 pound packages up to August 5, were sold in B.C. at:

      • Balfour Superette (7824 Highway 3A, Balfour);

      • Clarke’s General Store (5750 Horsefly Rd., Horsefly);

      • Clinton Budget Foods (1429 Cariboo Highway, Clinton);

      • J & D Meat and Groceries (435 Elliot St., Quesnel).

      The CFIA announced on August 7 that Kitchen Partners Limited began recalling Sobeys Herb Marinade.

      This product—distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba—was sold in 8 x 1.13 kg packages with UPC 00625265003216 and date code “Best Before 2021 JN 25”.

      Canada Food Inspection Agency

      On August 14, the CFIA announced that Vancouver’s The Modern Meat Inc., which makes plant-based meat alternatives, began recalling Modern Tarragon Remoulade and Modern Meat “Crab” Cakes that were made with onions from Thomson International Inc., that were potentially contaminated with Salmonella.

      The recalled products include:

      • Modern Tarragon Remoulade (250 millilitres) with UPC 8 47004 00009 0 and date code “Best before date: SEP 23 2020”;
      • Modern Meat “Crab” Cakes (300 grams) with UPC 8 47004 00014 4 and date code “Best before date: JAN 18 2021”;
      • Modern Meat “Crab” Cakes (6 x 50 grams) with UPC 8 47004 00014 4 and date code “Best before date: JAN 18 2021”.

      These products were sold in B.C., Manitoba, and possibly nationally.

      Although food contaminated with Salmonella may not appear or smell spoiled, it can still make a person sick. Anyone with any of these products should throw them out or returned to the location where they were purchased. If uncertain whether or not a product is part of the recall, check with the place of purchase.

      Anyone who thinks they have become sick after eating one of these recalled products should contact a doctor. Young children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with compromised 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.

      As of August 14, there are 339 confirmed cases of Salmonella Newport illness, with 78 cases in B.C. The province with the most cases is Alberta with 208 confirmed cases. 

      More information about salmonellosis (Salmonella) is available at the Health Canada website.

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