Totally Recalled: diced onions in a box, with and without celery (UPDATED)
UPDATE: The CFIA has expanded the health hazard alert to encompass all the Gills diced onions mentioned below with a best before date up to and including August 3, 2012.
Originally posted on July 19 at 2:09 p.m.:
The product: Gills Onions brand Fresh Diced Yellow Onions, Fresh Diced Red Onions, and Fresh Diced Celery and Onions (sold in 198 gram packages)
The UPC: 6 43550 00044 3 (yellow onions), 6 43550 00045 0 (red), 6 43550 00046 7 (celery and onions)
Lot codes: 22YAA1A2184 (yellow), 22RAA1A2184 (red), 22YAA1A2184 (celery and onions)
Best before dates: July 18–20, 2012 (all three products)
The Details: Unsettlingly soon after the Earth Greens salad recall comes warning of another packaged vegetable brand that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Gills Onions brand Fresh Diced Yellow Onions, Fresh Diced Red Onions and Fresh Diced Celery and Onions (distributed across Canada) are suspected of containing the Listeriosis-causing bacteria. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency notes that consumers should check to ensure both the UPC and the lot code on their products match those included in the chart above, as some products not included in the recall have the same UPC codes. There have not been any illnesses reported from consumption of the products, but it looks like it may be worth the tears to dice your own onions for the next little while. [CFIA]