Foodborne Illness

Multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to onions 

White, red and yellow onions

The CDC, FDA, and state and local health departments are investigating a large outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to consumption of onions. So far, Montana is reporting 62 cases and 12 hospitalizations linked to this outbreak. Thomson International, Inc. of Bakersfield, California is recalling red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions shipped from May 1, 2020 through the present.

Consumers are advised not to eat onions supplied by Thomson International, Inc. Throw away onions with this supplier information or if you do not know where the onions came from. Wash and sanitize any surfaces that may have come into contact with these onions or their packaging.


Montana Salmonella Outbreak Press Release

Map of Montana cases of Salmonella linked to consumption of onions, by county, 2020:

Map of Montana cases of Salmonella

General Foodborne Disease Information

The term foodborne illness describes any number of diseases that result from consuming contaminated food or beverages. CDC estimates that 1 in 6 Americans become sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases each year.

What are the most common foodborne diseases?Safety tips for handling and preparing common foods.

The pathogens causing the most illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths include:


Helpful links:

CDC Food Safety
Montana Department of Food and Consumer Safety
Raw Produce: Selecting and serving it safely
Trends in Foodborne Illness in the United States (CDC Report)