Gills Onions recalled bags of onions distributed to Trader Joe’s stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington after the Washington Department of Agriculture found Listeria monocytogenes in a package of the onions. The onions are marked as Gills Onions Brand or Sysco Natural Brand bags have a best-if-used by date of June 16. An identifying tag found on the back of the bag reads "Lot # 2017-R".
In a press release on its Web site, Gills Onions stated:
The identified lot 2017-R is no longer in production at Gills Onions. As a precautionary measure, both retail and food service diced packs are being recalled. The retail product was labeled with the Trader Joe’s brand name and was distributed to stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. The Trader Joe’s brand diced onions were packaged in a 10 oz. bag with the Lot 2017-R and a best if used by date of 06/16/07. The lot information for the 10 oz diced retail product can be found printed directly on the back of the package. The foodservice packages were packed in 4/5 lb cartons and labeled under the Gills Onions Brand and the Sysco Natural Brand, both with the Lot 2017-R and the best-if-used by date of 06/16/07 printed directly on the front of the 5 lb bag as well as on the outside carton label. Consumers and Retailers that have this recalled product should either destroy or return to place of purchase.