“They are running extra shifts, but orders are a bit behind,” Philpott said. “Gills is working with customers to arrange deliveries and meet orders.”
As of July 31, Philpott said the Gills processing facility remained closed while investigators still looked for the source of the contamination. The second facility continues to run extra shifts, but Philpott said gills is probably not meeting all of the demand for some retail and specialty product orders.
"Steve Gill has said it will take as long as it takes to resolve the problem," Philpott said.
Oxnard, Calif.-based Gillis voluntarily expanded the recall July 25 to include “all products processed in that facility and which may still be in the marketplace.”
“We’ve identified the problem, and we are taking aggressive actions to prevent this from happening again,” company president Steve Gill said in the recall notice.
The actions include forming a panel of food safety experts and microbiologists with expertise in listeria control; expanding required microbial surveillance and sanitation programs; and continued testing.
“They also have a team looking at possibly redesigning the facility,” Philpott said.”
Gillis shipped the newly recalled products directly to retailers in Canada and the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington.
The 10 Gills products recalled in the U.S. and three recalled in Canada are listed in the FDA recall notice.
The expanded recall product list includes diced, slivered and whole peeled onions and diced onion/celery mix with use-by dates on or before Aug. 3.
In late May Gills recalled 2,360 pounds of diced red onions in the U.S. and Canada after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency did a random sample and got a positive result for listeria.