To Our Valued Customers:

The Canadian Government released a Food Recall Warning for Microbiological Salmonella on July 31st that has been traced to onions distributed throughout Canada and the United States. It has been has been determined and stated by the FDA and the Canadian Government that the contamination originated from Thompson International, Inc. in Bakersfield, CA. Peri & Sons does not sell to any of the parties that have been implicated in this recall and we are confirming that the onions named in this incident are not from our company. Onions from Peri & Sons Farms are safe for consumption.

Peri & Sons Farms has the strictest food safety policies in place to ensure the safety of our customers and end consumers. Our internal food safety standards and practices require that all onions, red, white, sweets and yellows, sold from our farms and packing shed facilities carry a certificate of analysis with negative results for both Salmonella and E. coli. We have provided documentation of our testing analysis for your reference as attachments. See Certificates of Analysis. (COA)

We hope this information and documentation of our testing will put your mind at ease with respect to the quality and purity of our onions. As always, COAs are available for all buyers upon request.

If you have any questions please contact either me or Sara Brinkley, Director of Food Safety, via the contact information noted below.

As always, the team at Peri & Sons Farms is completely committed to providing our customers a safe, pure, and clean product. We remain deeply grateful for your continued business and wish you and your entire team safety and good health.

Sincerely,
Pamela Peri

Pamela Peri
Executive Vice President
Peri & Sons Farms
775-463-4444 Main Office
775-781-3838 Mobile
Pamela@PeriandSons.com

Sara Brinkley
Director of Food Safety & Organic Certification
Peri & Sons Farms
775-463-6301 Direct
775-781-3886 Mobile
Sara@PeriandSons.com



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What has the FDA and the Canadian Government identified in this salmonella outbreak?
The Government of Canada and the FDA have traced and determined the contamination originated from Thompson International, Inc. in Bakersfield, CA. Please refer to the FDA link and Canadian Government link for more information and details about the actual brands involved.

https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-salmonella-newport-red-onions-july-2020
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/public-health-notices/2020/outbreak-salmonella-infections-under-investigation.html

Are onions purchased from Peri & Sons Farms safe for consumption?
Yes. Onions from Peri & Sons Farms are safe for consumption. Peri & Sons Farms does not sell onions to any of the parties that have been implicated in this recall. The onions in this incident are not product from our company.

How do I confirm onions from Peri & Sons Farms are safe for consumption?
Confirmation of our ongoing testing practices and food safety certificates are available for review. The food safety standards and pathological testing consistently prove the purity of our onions. Peri & Sons Farms has the strictest food safety policies, certifications and verified practices in place to ensure the safety of consumers. Please see packing shed food safety certifications.

Our internal food safety certifications practiced standards require that all onions, red, white, sweets and yellows, sold and shipped direct from our farms and packing shed facilities in a sealed truck carry a certificate of analysis with negative results for both Salmonella and E.coli. We have provided documentation of our testing analysis for your reference.

We hope this information and documentation of our testing will put your mind at ease with respect to the quality and purity of our onions.

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Sweetie Sweet
people often ask...


Do Sweetie Sweet onions look different than typical yellow onions?
YES! As you become more familiar with onions you’ll see that Sweetie Sweet onions have an overall lighter coloring of soft yellows and greens and the outer skin is thinner/lighter. Yellow onions are typically copper brown in color with thicker skins. Sweeties are round, not flat.

Why are Sweetie Sweets round instead of flat like some onions?
We have a long heritage of growing beautiful globe-shaped onions. Round onions are easier to cut and have more usable onion than flat onions so they’re a better value for consumers. A flat shape doesn’t guarantee sweetness. Sweetie Sweet® onions are always round and always sweet.

Where do you grow Sweetie Sweets?
We grow our Sweetie Sweet onions on our family farms in Yerington, Nevada and in Firebaugh, California. We think it’s important that people know where their food comes from. We encourage you to find out more about our sustainable and organic growing processes.

How do I store Sweetie Sweets?
For best results, store Sweetie Sweets in a cool, dry place that is well ventilated. Do not store alongside potatoes. Optimal temperature should be around 39°F (4°C). This should allow them to last for a few weeks.

Is Sweetie Sweet grown from genetically modified seeds (GMO)?
No. Peri & Sons Farms uses traditional breeding techniques. We do not use GMOs or any form of genetic modification to produce our onions.

Do Sweetie Sweets have any special nutritional value?
Sweetie Sweets naturally detoxify the body and contain organosulfur, flavonoids and many beneficial compounds that positively effect gut health and promote longevity. A medium-size onion is a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, potassium and calcium.

How would I use a Sweetie Sweet onion?
Sweet onions contain more natural sugars and moisture, and less pyruvic acids, than typical yellow onions so they are best eaten raw, on sandwiches and in salads. Gently grilling or caramelizing brings out the sweetness even more but be careful not to overcook or you’ll lose the delicate taste and texture.

Is Sweetie Sweet grown using Sustainable Farming practices?
It took years of hard work, planning and preparation for Peri & Sons Farms to become the first domestic, onion farming operation to achieve the Sustainably Grown certification from SCS Global Services (SCS). The certification, first issued in January 2016, by SCS in accordance with the producer requirements of its Sustainably Grown standard, meets some of the world’s highest environmental, social and economic criteria. We continue to uphold this important certification today.

Is Sweetie Sweet available as an Organic?
Year-after-year since 2006 our onions have been Certified USDA Organic by Organic Certifiers (https://organiccertifiers.com). Peri & Sons Farms ORGANIC Sweetie Sweet onions continually meet, or even exceed, National Organic Program standards in accordance with the USDA’s and the EU’s strict government standards, procedures and regulations.

Are Sweetie Sweets available all year?
Eating seasonally is healthier, more nutritious and flavorful and better for the environment. You can find them in grocery stores across the U.S. from July through December every year. Our Sweetie Sweet onions are available in Organic (USDA Certified Organic certified by Organic Certifiers) and Premium (Certified Pesticide Residue Free* by SCS Global). Look for our colorful bags and tags to make sure you’re getting the real Sweetie Sweet.
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