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Salmonella Outbreak


Last Updated August 28, 2020

Alberta Health Services, in coordination with Alberta Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), is investigating an outbreak of salmonella infections occurring in Alberta. This outbreak is also impacting six other provinces, and more than 40 US states.

As of August 28, 2020 there are 257 lab confirmed outbreak cases across the province, with another 7 cases under investigation. For the duration of this outbreak, this figure will be updated weekly on this webpage.

Investigation Update

Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to red onions imported from the US has been identified as a likely source of the outbreak, though the investigation remains ongoing.  

What You Need to Know

The PHAC has issued a public health advisory advising individuals in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island not to eat any red onions imported from the US, including any food products that contain raw red onions imported from US. Retailers and restaurants are also advised not to use, sell or serve red onions imported from the US.

Additionally, effective July 31, 2020 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall notice on red onions imported from the US and distributed by Sysco. Consumers should not eat the recalled products, and food service establishments, institutions, retailers, distributors and manufacturers should not serve, use, or sell the recalled products.

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