Contaminated onions distributed in Illinois

By WEEK Producer

Contaminated onions distributed in Illinois

August 1, 2012 Updated Aug 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A brand of onions is being recalled because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Garden-Fresh Foods has issued a voluntary recall on various ready-to-eat salads, slaw, salsa, bean and dip products sold under various brands but may contain contaminated onions from Gills Onions. 

Products are sold in various size containers (8 oz to 8 pound packages) and were distributed in a number of states, including Illinois. The product was sold through various retail stores and food services, including Fresh Market.

Listeria is an illness that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Individuals may experience symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, and possibly miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1 (800) 645-3367 Monday through Friday between the hours 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.