An outbreak of Salmonella infection involving onions imported from the United States has left 515 people sick, Public Health Canada said. Edmonton, Canada’s attorneys are handling a class action lawsuit against a California, US company – was at the center of the onion recall last summer. “This is the largest onion recall in Canadian history and one of the most widespread food poisoning incidents,” Rick Mallett, of the James H. Brown Bar Association, said earlier. week.
The health department of Canada requires people to avoid all onions or products containing onions imported from California, USA.
The Public Health Service of Canada (PHAC), which concluded its investigation on October 1, said there were a total of 515 confirmed cases of Salmonella Newport infection. These cases are associated with this outbreak in the following provinces: British Columbia (121), Alberta (293), Saskatchewan (35), Manitoba (26), Ontario (14), Quebec (25) and Prince Edward Island (1).
On July 30, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a food recall warning for onions and related products that have been exported to Canada. Onions grown in Canada were not associated with the outbreak, PHAC said.
Officials urge people living in Canada to avoid consuming, selling or serving red, white, yellow and sweet onions or products made from them, manufactured by the Thomson International company in Bakersfield, California.
Individuals who became ill starting mid-June through the end of August, PHAC said, and 71 were hospitalized. For sick people ranging from 1 to 100 years old, they used onions at home, on menus at restaurants and nursing homes. “During this outbreak, 3 people died, but Salmonella did not contribute to this,” the agency added..
Sydonni Allridge, from Sherwood Park, ordered food from the same fast food store every day during the first week of August. She then received a call from Health Canada asking to answer a few questions. asked to keep track of what she ate and where she ate. The agency checked onions at this store and found they were contaminated. Allridge says she is allergic to the first antibiotic prescribed and to a second course that lasted seven days. Nearly 3 weeks later, she was still feeling tired so she went back to the hospital for more tests, showing that she still has Salmonella infection. Allridge was prescribed an additional course of antibiotics that lasted 14 days.
Salmonella is a common infection that occurs 6 to 72 hours after a person comes into contact with bacteria from an infected animal, person, or product, according to the PHAC. Symptoms usually last 4-7 days and include fever, chills, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, and cramps.
“Salmonella infection can be complicated. Most people recover within a few days but there are others who will be hospitalized and suffer long-term health consequences. These can include problems.” irritable bowel, gastrointestinal tract, even a reactive form of arthritis that affects the joints, “Mallett said.
He added that everyone who used onions that were contaminated with the bacteria were put in a class action unless they opted out. “With a class action, members don’t have to pay retention fees or upfront costs and can all benefit from the mediation. A group of suitors will be more powerful and the US company must pay attention, ”he said.
Working with a US company created some cross-border issues, but the James H. Brown Bar Association has succeeded in lawsuits with US companies before, Mallett said.
When Thomson International’s decision is served, the next step in the case will be for a judge to manage the case through the Edmonton courts. Mallett expects the entire legal process to take 6 to 18 months. Guardianship Law in Calgary is acting as a co-adviser.
Huong Giang (Source: Global News)