Ocean Mist Farms Recalls Green Onions Over Salmonella Concerns

Ocean Mist Farms just announced a voluntary recall of about 1,746 cases of Iceless Green Onions over concerns surrounding <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella contamination. Federal regulators confirmed a positive test for the pathogen on Iceless Green Onions supplied by Circle Produce to several shippers, including Ocean Mist Farms, it said. No Ocean Mist Farms green onions have been identified as contaminated.

The Salmonella pathogen can cause serious, sometimes fatal Salmonellosis infections in young children; weak or elderly people; and those with weakened immune systems, such as patients undergoing chemotherapy or who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and other immune system compromising diseases.

Salmonella is usually found in food contaminated with animal feces and is a group of bacteria that passes from the feces of people or animals to other people or animals, causing contamination when food is improperly stored or handled and when preparers do not wash their hands or sanitize implements involved in food storage.

Ocean Mist provided the following product information, including trace back codes, and urges consumers to dispose of the product. For additional information, consumers can visit www.oceanmist.com:

Trace Back Code: 95ONCP7G
Production Dates: 80309, 80709, 80809, 81109, 81209, and 81309
Pack styles:
4 by 12 count
2 by 24 count
24-count 5.5-ounce Cello Bag
36-count 5.5-ounce Cello Bag
40-count 5.5-ounce Cello Bag

According to Ocean Mist Farms, “It’s fortunate there have been no reported illnesses.” The company said it has suspended receiving Circle Produce green onions and will continue to provide green onions from its own growing and packing operation.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain within 12 to 72 hours of contamination. Generally, the illness lasts a week, but, in some, hospitalization is required because the infection may have spread to the blood stream and other body sites, producing more significant illnesses. Without treatment, severe cases of

Salmonella poisoning can result in arterial infections—such as infected aneurysms—endocarditis, arthritis, and death. Some Salmonella bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, largely due to the use of antibiotics to promote the growth of feed animals.

Salmonella is the most frequently reported cause of food-related outbreaks of stomach illness worldwide and Salmonella poisoning can lead to Reiter’s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis characterized by severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination.

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