June 28, 2007: California Farm Possible Link to Listeria Contamination of Trader Joe's Onions

Jack Bros. farm, located in Brawley, California, may be the source of the Listeria contamination that caused the recall of over 20 tons of onions sold under the Trader Joe’s name.

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The recall was initiated on June 20 after the Washington State Department of Agriculture found evidence of the bacteria in a bag of diced yellow onions. 

Jack Bros. grows 800 acres of onions for Gills Onions LLC of California. The onions are distributed under the Gills and Trader Joe’s brand names. Investigators have not identified the source of the contaminated onions, and no illnesses have been reported to authorities thus far. 

The recalled onions were being sold in 10-ounce bags with the Trader Joe’s brand name in stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. The bags carried the lot number 2017-R and a “best if used by” date of June16, 2007. 

Symptoms of illness resulting from Listeria food poisoning include fever, muscle aches, and, occasionally, nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions can occur. The disease affects primarily pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with weakened immune systems. Signs of illness typically appear from 3- 4 weeks following the consumption of contaminated food. However, symptoms can develop from one week to 90 days after exposure. 

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