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Food safety specialists say they’re not surprised by how quickly a salmonella outbreak has spread across 37 U.S. states.
The outbreak linked to onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico has led to more than 600 illnesses, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Experts in Canada say although an outbreak caused by onions may be shocking to some, salmonella can affect many kinds of foods.
“The thing with salmonella is that it is a very robust pathogen, it can survive in the soil, it survives in water for extended periods of time,” says Keith Warriner, a professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph. “Once it gets into