USA – FDA issues warning to New Mexico onion importer linked to Salmonella outbreak

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An import company in New Mexico is on notice from the FDA for not having food safety documents for a number of imported foods. The inspection was initiated because of an investigation of a multistate foodborne outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg illnesses linked to whole, fresh onions imported from the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.

The outbreak has sickened more than 800 people in the United States and remains under investigation. The Centers for Disease and Prevention has not yet declared the outbreak over.

In its warning letter the Food and Drug Administration  acknowledged that the company initiated a voluntary recall on Oct. 22, 2021, of red, yellow, and white onions imported from its “suppliers (redacted)” in Chihuahua, Mexico, from July 1, 2021, through Aug. 25, 2021.

In the March 2, 2022, warning letter just made public by the FDA, the agency described a Nov. 16, 2021, Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) inspection of Keeler Family Farms in DemingNM.

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