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Salmonella Sprouts Recalled From Northwest

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, September 08, 2008 12:43 PM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Salmonella, Food Poisoning, Modern Agriculture, Sprouts, Dangerous Products

Alfalfa sprouts in the Northwest are the subject of the latest Salmonella outbreak.



IMAGE SOURCE: Sprouter’s Northwest Inc label/ author: FDA photos 


Alfalfa sprouts offer plenty of vitamins, amino acids, and minerals, and in the case of some people in Washington and Oregon, plenty of Salmonella.

The Department of Agriculture and health officials are voluntarily recalling some grocery store products in the Northwest. The brand is Sprouter’s Northwest brand alfalfa sprouts.

The first case of salmonella was reported in early August. So far there have been at least 13 salmonellosis cases reported and two cases required hospitalization. The sprouts were distributed to restaurants, retail outlets and grocery stores.

The first cases linked to Salmonella Typhimurium were seen in Clark, Island, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom counties.

The recalled sprouts were distributed in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska in retail stores and through wholesale produce suppliers.

The products are Sprouter’s Northwest brand and include all lot numbers with a best by date of 9/17/08 or earlier of:  5oz alfalfa sprout cups UPC - 033383701417, 4oz alfalfa clamshells UPC-815098001088, 1lb bags of alfalfa sprouts UPC - 079566123508, 2lb trays of alfalfa sprouts UPC – 079566123492, 5oz salad cups UPC - 033383702674, 4oz salad clamshells UPC - 815098002061, 5oz alfalfa onion sprout cups UPC - 033383701905, and 4oz onion sprout clamshells UPC – 815098002054.

Consumers who have purchased any of these items are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Both salmonella and E. coli bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of animals and is transmitted through feces. The bacteria can spread once it comes in contact with processing machines and harvests from other fields and it spreads easily in the presence of moisture.

Cooking vegetables is the best way to kill bacteria.  Symptoms of Salmonella are fever, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Salmonella can be fatal in persons who have a compromised immune system.

The two most common strands are Salmonella Serotype Typhimurium, Salmonella Serotype Enteritidis. 

Earlier this year, salmonella sprouts were recalled in California. 

So far this year the less common Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak was responsible for more than 1,000 cases of poisoning.

The problem cited by many is industrialized agriculture, where huge numbers of cattle are concentrated in one area, and fed a corn-rich diet that creates acidity. 

The sludge from these operations is sent downstream to contaminate streams and water supplies that are used on fields.  #

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