May 13, 2021

FDA Releases Report Highlighting 2020 Salmonella Outbreak in Red Onions

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a report on its investigation of the Salmonella Newport outbreak that caused more than 1,600 reported illnesses in the United States and Canada between June and October 2020.

The FDA worked with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state partners and Canadian officials to investigate the outbreak, which was linked through epidemiology and traceback to whole red onions.

The report includes an overview of the following:

  • traceback investigation;
  • subsequent on-site interviews;
  • visual observations of the growing fields;
  • environmental sampling; and
  • various factors that potentially contributed to the contamination of red onions with Salmonella.

Click here to read and download the full report. For more information about the report, click here to read FDA’s constituent update.