Posted on: October 6, 2011
Alfalfa spouts are being linked to a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella, according to news reports.
Idaho-based Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, LLC recalled the sprouts distributed in Washington and Idaho due to potential contamination connected to a Salmonella outbreak reported in 5 states.So far, nine cases of Salmonella have been reported in Washington. Cases have also been reported in Idaho, Montana and North Dakota, health officials said.
“While no samples of Evergreen sprouts have tested positive for Salmonella at this time, epidemiological evidence indicates that Evergreen Produce Alfalfa Sprouts and Spicy Sprouts are the common food eaten by the people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella enteritidis,” a FDA statement said.
Consumers are urged to avoid the alfalfa sprouts, which packaged in 4-ounce and 16-ounce plastic bags with the Idaho company’s pre-printed labels. They are also packaged in 1-pound and 5-pound plastic bags with stick-on labels. The spicy sprouts are packaged in 4-ounce plastic bags with pre-printed labels and 1-pound plastic bags with stick-on labels.
The sprouts were distributed to grocery stores and restaurants in Washington and other Northwest states, according to news reports.
As a Beaufort personal injury lawyer , I urge consumers to follow this health information and avoid these alfalfa sprouts. Salmonellosis is a serious condition that can cause diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Symptoms usually develop within one to five days after eating contaminated food and most infected people get better without treatment.
If you or a loved one has been injured by tainted food, contact a personal injury lawyer in Beaufort.