Chopped red onions recalled from listera fears

The front and back of a package of Gills Onions is shown in this photo provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

May 20, 2012 10:26:59 AM PDT
A California company is recalling more than a ton of chopped red onions due to fears of listeria contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

Gills Onions, based out of Oxnard, says the recalled onions were distributed to retailers in Canada and 14 states, including California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Idaho, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Arkansas, Ohio, Tennessee, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida.

The company voluntarily recalled 2,360 pounds of diced red onions sold to retailers as well as foodservice customers.

For retailers, the recalled products are packaged in 7-ounce clear plastic clamshells. The cases are labeled Gills Onions and have a use-by-date of May 17, 2012 and has lot code 51RDA1A2119 stamped on the UPC label.

For foodservice customers, the recalled products are packaged in 5-pound clear plastic bags, labeled as Gills Onions Diced Red Onions, with an expiration date of May 14 or May 15, 2012 with lot code 51RDA1A2119.

Listeria can cause high fevers and severe headaches and can be fatal.

Consumers with questions can contact Gills Onions at 1 (800) 348-2255 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - to 5 p.m. PT or get information from