An Oxnard, Ca., establishment is now recalling a variety of onion products and celery mix because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen. The products in question were distributed to retailers in California, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington. Signs and symptoms of listeria food poisoning (listeriosis) may include fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea (which may be watery or bloody).
Onion Recall Update 7/31/12: Over the past two weeks, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued multiple press releases announcing the recall of dozens of food items which were made with raw onions that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The original recall notice, which was issued July 18 in regards to onion products produced by California-based Gills Onions, LLC, has since been expanded to include a number of additional retailers in multiple states. Click here to learn more.
Gills Onion and Celery Mix Recall Update 7/25/12: Gills Onions, LLC is expanding its July 18 recall to include diced, slivered and whole peeled onions and diced onion/celery mix with use-by-dates on or before August 3. The recalled products were shipped directly from Gills Onions to retailers in Canada and the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington. Click here to learn more.
Free Gills Onion and Celery Mix Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed listeria food poisoning (listeriosis) after eating Gills onions or celery mix included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Gills Onions, LLC and we can help.
What’s the problem?
July 18, 2012 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release today informing the public that Gills Onions, LLC is currently recalling the following products because they may be tainted with listeria:
- Diced and slivered red and yellow onions
- Diced celery and onion mix
These products were processed on a single day, are packaged under the brand ‘Gills Onions,’ and were shipped to the above-listed states between July 2-4, 2012.
This recall was initiated when Gills Onions was notified by the FDA that a random sample of diced yellow onions had tested positive for listeria. As a precautionary measure, the company is recalling all products processed on the same day and on the same line as the sample that tested positive.
Gills Onions is currently in the process of attempting to notify all customers who purchased the recalled products directly from the company and requesting that they remove it from commerce. They are also asking their direct customers to notify their customers as well. The company has stated that it is keeping the FDA informed of its recall process to ensure that consumers are properly alerted.
“Gills Onions is committed to protecting public health and to executing this voluntary recall effectively and efficiently,” said Steve Gill, president of the company. “We are a multi generational family business, and we work hard every day to earn the trust and confidence of customers and consumers who enjoy our high quality, healthy products.”
Consumers who have purchased onions or celery and onion mix included in this recall should discard it immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Anyone concerned about listeria food poisoning should contact their healthcare provider immediately. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall.
Listeria Food Poisoning (Listeriosis)
Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The disease typically affects the elderly, pregnant women, children, and those with compromised immune systems. Signs and symptoms of listeriosis may include:
- muscle aches
- stiff neck
- loss of balance
Nationwide, there are an estimated 1,600 cases of listeriosis reported each year, although the actual number is likely to be much higher as most cases of food poisoning go unreported. Of the 1,600 cases reported, approximately 260 end up dying from the illness. Listeria bacteria can be killed by pasteurization and thorough cooking; however, in certain ready-to-eat foods, contamination may occur after factory cooking but before packaging. Unlike most varieties of foodborne bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes can grow and multiply in some foods in the refrigerator.
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Free Gills Onion and Celery Mix Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed listeria food poisoning (listeriosis) after eating Gills onions or celery mix included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a listeria food poisoning suit and we can help.