It’s still not safe to eat, handle or use American-grown onions.
That’s according to Health Canada, who says an outbreak of Salmonella linked to U.S. onions is still going on, with dozens of people getting sick each week.
As of Saturday, there are at least 379 confirmed cases of Salmonella infections across Canada, all linked to onions.
Specifically, the agency is warning against onions from Thompson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California, however other brand names are also covered.
Health Canada is asking restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, hotels and cafeterias to check their onions and avoid using any that originate from the U.S.
If you own a store or wholesale produce business, make sure your onions aren’t affected.
If you have onions in your fridge or cupboard, it’s a good idea to double check the sticker or bag. Anyone who has affected onions should toss them out, wash out whatever container they were stored in, and sanitize their hands.
Remember, Canadian-grown onions are not affected, so it’s a good idea to buy local or check out your community farmers’ market.