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Onions tied to salmonella outbreak in 37 states

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) are investigating a salmonella outbreak in 37 states tied to whole, fresh onions.

The FDA said in a statement that it traced the outbreak to ProSource Inc. of Hailey, Idaho as a source of "potentially contaminated whole, fresh onions" that were imported from the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.

The outbreak has been associated with 652 illnesses, 129 hospitalizations and no deaths, the FDA said.

The company is voluntarily recalling its red, yellow and white onions that were imported from July 1 to Aug. 27, the agency said. The onions are jumbo, colossal, medium and sweet onions.

The FDA is advising restaurants, retailers and consumers to not eat, sell or serve onions from ProSource that are affected by the recall or products containing the onions.

"Consumers should ask if the onions being served or sold were supplied by ProSource Inc. and imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico," the FDA said in a separate statement. "If you still cannot determine if your onions were supplied by ProSource Inc and imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, do not sell, serve, or eat them, and throw them out."

The CDC further advises businesses and consumers to wash and sanitize any surfaces or containers that may have come in contact with the onions.

Salmonella causes about 1.35 million illnesses, 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the CDC

Most people with salmonella experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Some people - particularly children younger than five years old, adults 65 years and older and people with weak immune systems - may experience severe illness that requires medical treatment or hospitalization, the agency noted.

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