British Columbians warned of Salmonella infections

British Columbia (B.C.) is one of five provinces experiencing an ongoing Salmonella outbreak. The outbreak has been linked to red onions, imported from the United States. To date, 43 cases have been reported in B.C. in all regional health authorities since mid-June.

Until more is known about the outbreak, individuals in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario are advised to not eat any red onions imported to Canada from the U.S., including any food products that contain raw red onions imported from U.S.. Retailers and restaurants in these locations are also advised not to use, sell or serve red onions imported from the U.S.. Red onions grown in Canada are not affected by this advice.

B.C. is collaborating with the Public Health Agency of Canada, provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Health Canada to investigate outbreak. Information about the investigation and food safety can be found on the Public Health Agency of Canada website. 

Salmonella infection causes symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps that develop six to 72 hours after exposure and usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment. Children under five years of age and adults over 65 years of age, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your health care provider.

Media inquiries:
Public Health Agency of Canada.