Published July 30, 2012
An onion recall from a Southern California grower and food processing firm has led to a cascade of subsequent recalls spanning multiple products and states.
Gills Onions LLC initially issued a voluntary recall of a single day’s production of onions on July 18 due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.
The list of recalled items was expanded July 26 to include diced, slivered and whole-peeled onions and diced onion and celery mix with use-by dates on or before Aug. 3, which were shipped to multiple states including California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington.
Following the expanded recall, a number of products containing the onions as an ingredient have also been recalled. The list of recalled products includes:
Listeria is an organism that can cause serious or fatal infections in children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. Otherwise healthy people may suffer symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. No illnesses have yet been linked to the recent recalls.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.