Oklahoma Ranked #2 in the Nation for Onion Salmonella Outbreak
If you have onions at the house you might want to check them out to see if you need to throw them away. There's been a recall on raw onions that have been tied to a massive Salmonella outbreak that's affected most of the country. Right now Oklahoma is ranked at #2 in the entire county right behind Texas for the most positive salmonella cases that were caused by tainted onions. So far over 37 states have reported infections.
There are 2 companies that process and package raw onions that are directly involved with the recall. Prosource Produce and Keeler Family Farms. If you have any raw onions from either of these companies or are unsure you're advised to throw them away. The recall is for red, yellow, and white raw onions. So far over 650 people have been infected with salmonella, around 130 have been hospitalized and luckily there haven't been any deaths linked to the outbreak. Texas has the most cases with 165 and Oklahoma is 2nd with 100.
The onions are from Chihuahua, Mexico, and were distributed by both Prosource Produce and Keeler Family Farms. They were sold to grocery stores and restaurants but may be labeled under a different brand including Bull, Peak Fresh Produce, Sierra Madre, Markon First Crop, Markon Essentials, Rio Blue, ProSource, Rio Valley, and Sysco Imperial. So be on the lookout for these brand names and avoid eating any raw onions while eating out or if their origin and brand name is unknown until the Salmonella outbreak is contained.
If you think you may have eaten an onion from one of these companies and are experiencing any kind of symptoms contact your doctor immediately. The symptoms for salmonella poisoning include fever, vomiting, stomach ache, and diarrhea. Typically these symptoms will develop anywhere from 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria. More often than not Salmonella infection is not life-threatening and most people will recover even without treatment in 4 to 7 days' time. You'll be very sick but will recover.