Aug. 15, 2020

Health agencies in United States and Canada have put out alerts asking its citizens to discard onions supplied by California-based Thomson International Inc, linking a salmonella bacteria infection with the bulb.


  • The salmonella bacteria resides in animals.

  • When it enters a human body it causes salmonellosis, an infection that attacks the intestine, and can cause diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, bleeding in stool and nausea.

  • The symptoms of the infection last anywhere between 2 and 7 days. However, bowel function could sometimes take months before returning to normalcy. In some cases, it spreads the infection from the intestine to the blood stream.

  • The infection hits children, below the age of five, and senior citizens the worst.

  • Salmonella can transmit to humans through contaminated water or food.