Food Poisoning a Possibility with Listeria Contaminated Onions

Possible Listeria contamination of Gills Onions has provoked food recalls by several companies producing food products that may have been tainted by the chopped, slivered and whole-peeled onions, officials reported.

Among the products that have been hit the hardest by the recalls is Trader Joes, who has several products comprised of the possibly contaminated onions. The FDA recently released a list of the products affected by the onion listeria recall, including a variety of dips, salsas, stir fry mixes, mushrooms and various ready-made trays of food.

The FDA noted that the food recall included items sold at some Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Publix, Weis and Wegman’s stores. The recalls in Texas, Arizona, Utah, California, Colorado, Montana, Oklahoma, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington have also extended into some regions in Canada.

The company responsible for the manufacturing process of the onions, identified as Gills Onions, claims the recall is purely “precautionary.”

What is Listeria?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Listeria is a serious infection that often results from the consumption of food containing Listeria monocytogene bacteria. The infection can be very dangerous for people with weak immune systems, such as pregnant women, infants and elderly.

Listeria Symptoms

In pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriage, stillbirths and premature delivery. In addition the baby being carried can also become infected with the bacteria infection, resulting in serious illness and death.

Many cases of Listeria outbreaks may be sparked in food processing facilities, where Listeria can thrive for years. Although processed and cooked food, such as deli turkey, have been previously affected by Listeria contamination, uncooked food is not exempt from the bacteria. Raw milk and unpasteurized cheeses are also at particular risk of Listeria contamination. In addition, Listeria’s dangers can often multiply as the bacteria doubles and grows, even when kept in a refrigerator setting.

Food Poisoning Attorneys in Texas

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed as a result of Listeria contamination, call our food poisoning lawyers in Texas at 254-870-3621, contact our product liability lawyers online or visit one of the 11 office locations for our food poisoning law firm in Texas for a free consultation today.

While preventing further consumption of a contaminated product is important to protecting family and loved ones, holding onto the product one suspects has provoked an illness is vital to ensuring food poisoning is reported. By holding negligent companies responsible for poor food preparation and processing, victims of food poisoning may help prevent further outbreaks and fatal illness for others.


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