Gills fresh-cut onions named in recalls - The Packer

Gills fresh-cut onions named in recalls

09/12/2012 02:23:00 PM
Coral Beach

Gills OnionsSeafood and fish items that include fresh-cut onions from Gills Onions, Oxnard, Calif., are being recalled by 3fish Inc., Gastonia, N.C., because the onions may be contaminated with listeria.

Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc., Matthews, N.C., issued a separate recall. The recall notices are dated Sept. 7 but were not posted on the Food and Drug Administration website until Sept. 11 and 12.

Steve Gill, owner of Gills Onions, did not immediately return calls for comments Sept. 12.

No illnesses have been reported in connection to the seafood products with the Gills fresh-cut onions, according to the recall notices. It is not known if the seafood product recalls are related to fresh-cut onions recalled by Gills Onions in July.

3fish officials reported in their recall notice that their products were sold to Harris Teeter, Ingles, Merchants Distributors Inc. and U.S. Foodservice.

The products have use-by dates of Sept. 10-15. Some of the products were sold in bulk and repacked at the retail level, according to the 3fish notice.

In their recall notice, Harris Teeter officials said the eight products from 3fish could have been purchased by consumers from Sept. 3-7. Harris Teeter spokeswoman Danna Jones confirmed Sept. 12 that chopped onions from Gills Onions were in the recalled products.

Gills Onions recalled chopped onions and celery July 18 because routine random tests at retail by the FDA returned positive results for listeria. Gills shut down one of its two fresh-cut plants on July 17 in relation to that recall. It is not known if the plant has been reopened.

Gills expanded the recall July 26 to include an undetermined volume of chopped onions after investigators got positive results for listeria from swab tests at one of Gills’ Oxnard fresh-cut facilities.

The expanded recall created a ripple effect as food producers and retailers across the country began recalling products that included the fresh-cut onions. More than 150 products with use-by dates well into 2013 were involved.

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September, 13, 2012 at 09:38 AM

It's unbelivable, there are still contaminated onions out there?!?! Where is the traceability they are bragging with? Not much worth looks like. If you get ill from a fish sandwich why would you blame the onions? It's about time FDA requires a better way to trace the food.

Steve Scaroni    
Heber, Salinas, Yuma, GTO mex.  |  September, 13, 2012 at 09:59 AM

Another well run company with AAA Food Safety SOP's who will incur a multi million dollar expense as a result of an irrational / dysfunctional / misguided / lacking real science, system of politically correct feel good testing and recall process's that mitigates minimal to no risk to the consumer. Has anyone calculated the millions of dollars lost in past 36 mos. as a result of all these retail surveillance recalls of outdated product, and random testing recalls of product shipped 3 weeks prior where NO one got sick?

salinas  |  September, 13, 2012 at 05:42 PM

well said

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