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September 5, 2008

Alfalfa spouts sicken 13 in Wash., Ore.

Filed under: FDA,Food poisoning,Food Safety — Andrew Schneider @ 14:44

Reports of 13 cases of Salmonella Typhimirium infection in Oregon and Washington have been inked to the consumption of raw alfalfa sprouts.

The Food and Drug Administration said that Sprouters Northwest, Inc. of Kent is recalling its alfalfa sprouts, onion sprouts, and salad sprouts because they may be linked to the recent outbreak of Salmonellosis.

The recalled sprouts were distributed in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alasks in retail stores and through wholesale produce suppliers and, according to the FDA include all Sprouters Northwest brand sprouts “best by” date of 9/17/08 or earlier.

The company could not be reached for information on which retail stores handled their products.

Sprouters Northwest, Inc. says it is working closely with state officials and federal agencies to determine the cause of this problem and what steps can be taken to combat it.

Salmonella Typhimiriumis an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which maybe bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis (swelling of the lining of the heart) and arthritis.

The FDA warns that individuals who may have experienced any of the above symptoms after eating any of the recalled products should contact their health care provider.

Consumers who have purchased any of these items are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Wholesalers / retailers should remove the product from sale, cease distribution, and arrange for product return.

Questions can be directed to the company at 253-872-0577.

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