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The Great 2020 Onion Recall Is Coming for Your Precious Dip

Plus, Rhode Island introduces itself at the DNC with a plate of calamari, and more news to start your day

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Pile of red and yellow onions.
In 2020 even onions are out to get you.
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Onion-pocalypse continues with expanded recall

If you thought you were safe from the Great Onion Recall that has already sickened more than 900 people with salmonella across the U.S. and Canada, I’ve got some bad news for you. The recall, which California producer Thomson International first announced in early August, originally applied to all of the grower’s red, white, yellow, and sweet onions — including those distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and stores, some under different brand names — shipped since May 1. Now even more stores and products have been added to the recall list, including Trader Joe’s and Walmart.

The Center for Disease Control’s full list of onions, as of August 18, includes:

  • Thomson International red, white, yellow, and sweet onions (also sold under brand names Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartleys Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions, and Food Lion)
  • Food Lion red, white, and yellow onions
  • Giant Eagle red, white, and yellow onions (in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and Maryland)
  • Kroger red, white, yellow, yellow Vidalia, and sweet onions
  • Public red onions (in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia)
  • Ralph’s yellow onions (in California)
  • Trader Joe’s red onions (in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah)
  • Walmart red, white, yellow, and sweet onions

The list also includes different kinds of dips, spreads, and other prepared foods that may contain recalled onions. When ordering from a restaurant, the CDC recommends making sure your food doesn’t contain those onions. Potentially contaminated items should be thrown away, and other surfaces they came in contact with should be sanitized.

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  • New U.S. dietary guideline recommendations suggest that men limit alcohol to one drink a day, the same amount already recommended for women. [WSJ]
  • Maybe everyone will be okay with that, because beer will no longer taste the same due to climate change, according to a biochemistry professor. [NC State News]
  • In what sounds like the beginnings of a family-friendly “magic is real” movie plot, a Lindt chocolate factory glitch dusted a small Swiss town in cocoa. [LA Times]
  • The latest Girl Scout cookie flavor is french toast. [Delish]
  • Dippin’ Dots, which has long perfected the art of using liquid nitrogen to flash freeze flawless little spheres of ice cream, has pivoted into also being a cryogenics company? [Food Dive]
  • Black jam makers reflect on the Sqirl controversy and how their opportunities differ from those of women like Jessica Koslow. [NYT]
  • The Association of Food Journalists is ceasing operations at the end of the year, the board announced in a letter on the organization’s website. [AFJ]
  • On the second night of the Democratic National Convention, Rhode Island’s roll-call contribution featured its “controversial” state appetizer, calamari. [WaPo]

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