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More grocery chains recall onions over salmonella risks

Trader Joe's and Ralph's stores on the West Coast are recalling onions that could contain salmonella amid an outbreak of the bacteria that's now sickened more than 600 people in 43 states. 

Progressive Produce is recalling red and yellow onions sold on the West Coast, specifically red onions sold at Trader Joe's stores in Arizona, California and Utah and yellow onions sold at Ralph's stores in California, according to a recall notice posted Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The red onions were sold under the Pacific Gold Brand, while others were sold loose in bulk bins.

Consumers have in recent days also been warned about eating prepared foods that could contain onions tainted with the bacteria sold nationwide by retailers including Giant Eagle, Walmart and Kroger.

The move comes days after Giant Eagle recalled almost 50 of a variety of ready-to-eat products sold to consumers since July 25 — including dozens of varieties of salads, pizzas and hoagies — that include onion as an ingredient, according to the company, which operates more than 410 stores in Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (See the full list of recalled products below.) 

The products may contain recalled onions tied to a salmonella outbreak that has caused 640 illnesses, including 85 hospitalizations, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People infected with salmonella can develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps within hours, or sometimes days, after being exposed to the bacteria. Children and adults 65 and older are more likely to become severely ill, the CDC said.

Giant Eagle's recall also involves all bulk and bagged red, yellow and white onions sold in its produce departments since June 6, according to a notice posted by the FDA.

The recalls follows a public health alert from the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service involving meat and poultry products made on July 30 and July 31 by Taylor Farms, based in Salinas, California, and sold at Walmart and Kroger stores.

The warnings stem from a recall earlier this month by Thomson International of all red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions shipped nationwide starting May 1 to the present.

 Giant Eagle's recalled products and NDC codes include:

Recalled products sold at Walmart and/or Kroger:

The products bear the establishment number "P-34733" or "34733" inside the USDA mark of inspection or printed on the container and were shipped to retail locations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.

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