Oxnard-based Gills onions may be contaminated with Listeria

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California public health officials are warning consumers against eating onion products from a Southern California onion processing plant, as they may be contaminated with Listeria.

The nation's largest producer of fresh-cut onion products, Oxnard-based Gills Onions, has initiated a voluntary recall of their sliced, diced and whole-peeled onion products (including the company's onion/celery mix) due to a possible Listeria contamination.

The recalled onions were shipped to retail stores in a dozen states, including California.

Health officials say eating food contaminated with Listeria can cause serious illness and even death, but that it rarely affects healthy adults. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms.

The affected products are packaged in various-sized plastic bags and re-closeable plastic tubs that have a use-by date on or before August 3, 2012.

This recall marks the second by the Ventura County company since May, when Gills recalled more than 2,300 pounds of diced red onions. No illness resulted from that case, and so far there have been no reports of illness from this most recent incident.

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