Alfalfa sprouts linked to latest salmonella outbreak

Alfalfa sprouts linked to latest salmonella outbreak
May 24, 2010
Here we go again. Another healthy food is the subject of a major recall. Raw alfalfa sprouts linked to a salmonella outbreak have sickened 22 people in ten states, the Food and Drug Administration announced this morning.

The company behind the sprouts, Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, Calif., is voluntarily recalling all of its alfalfa sprouts marketed under the names Caldwell Fresh Foods, Nature’s Choice, and California Exotics. So far, the salmonella infections occurred in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Wisconsin. But the sprouts were distributed to a wide variety of restaurants, delis and grocery stores including Trader Joe’s and Wal-Mart, the FDA said.
People became ill after eating the sprouts in restaurants as well as from packages they bought at the grocery store. Salmonella infections typically cause diarrhea, fever and cramps. While most people get over the illness on their own, it can cause serious — sometimes fatal — infections in the elderly and children.

Sprouts are superhealthy– low in calories and rich in nutrients — but they grow in humid, warm conditions, the same environment that bacteria like salmonella love. Since 1996, there have been 30 outbreaks of foodborne illnesses associated with the sprouts, mostly linked to E.coli and salmonella, according to the FDA.


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