Huntington Beach, CA, December 5, 2023
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a Food Safety Alert about a Salmonella outbreak that has been linked to fresh diced onions. According to the agency, it knows of 73 illnesses and 15 hospitalizations that have taken place in 22 states that the CDC believes are associated with the contaminated onions.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is also investigating the outbreak and has posted information about the voluntary recall by a California onion grower and processor of diced onions that have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. FDA recommends that consumers should not eat, sell or serve recalled onions and should check their freezers if they froze any of the recalled products.
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that is frequently associated with a number of common foods, including produce. Most people who become infected develop diarrhea, vomiting, fever, chills and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness typically lasts 4 to 7 days and most people recover without treatment. For some, the condition can be severe, requiring hospitalization.
“At LA Testing, we offer food and environmental testing services for Salmonella and other potential contaminants to protect the public and support food producers, processors, importers and distributors with food safety resources,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “With multiple laboratories in California, LA Testing offers rapid PCR testing and traditional culturing methods to help prevent contaminated products from ever reaching consumers. If an outbreak has already occurred, this form of testing can also be instrumental in pinpointing the source of contamination.”
To learn more about Salmonella or other microbial testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for environmental and indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, bacteria, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.