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Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

School Food Service Directors/Managers
Child Nutrition Program Administration
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Recall: Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella Oranienburg: Whole, Fresh Onions (October 2021) | FDA

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify School Food Authorities (SFAs) that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a recall of whole, fresh, red, white, and yellow onions, grown in Mexico, due to potential contamination of Salmonella Oranienburg.

Check here for additional information regarding the recall: Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella Oranienburg: Whole, Fresh Onions (October 2021) | FDA

USDA Foods are not impacted by this recall, however there is a small chance that commercial purchases from domestic distributors may be impacted due to the current supply chain challenges. In addition, the recall may expand to additional distributors and to products that contain the onions as ingredients.

Recommended Action:

  • If stored appropriately, onions may last up to three months. If you suspect you are in possession of onions included in this recall, throw them out. Do not eat, sell, or serve onions suspected to be contaminated.
  • If you suspect you received recalled onions, the FDA recommends using extra care in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces that may have been in contact with these products to reduce the risk of possible cross contamination.
  • If you cannot tell if your onions were recalled, do not eat, sell or serve them and throw them out.
  • Check the FDA’s Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts  webpage to monitor the most current information on this recall.
  • Review the list of additional recalls of food products associated with the contaminated onions. The list may not include all retailors who received the contaminated onions; however, it is based on the best information currently available to the FDA and will be updated as more information becomes available. 
  • Meat or poultry items containing recalled onions will be included in the USDA Food Safety and Inspections Service’s Recalls and Public Health Alerts page. Review this web page if you are concerned you have received products containing onions included in this recall.

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is working to further investigate this outbreak, and the FDA’s investigation is ongoing to determine contamination sources and any additional products or firms linked to the outbreak. Additional information will be provided when available.

Please contact your CN representative with any questions regarding this information.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)     email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en ingles), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de seas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en linea en: y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1)     correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3)     correo electró

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.