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Alfalfa Sprout Recall Due To Salmonella Affects 10 States

Alfalfa sprouts have been linked to salmonella in ten states, causing 22 people to become infected and 6 to be hospitalized.

Close up of alfalfa sprouts

Photo: Daniel Slaughter (flickr)

Sprouts can carry a risk of foodborne illness because they are often eaten raw or undercooked, and grow in moist conditions ideal for the growth of bacteria.

A recall of alfalfa sprouts has been issued as of May 21, due to suspected contamination of the sprouts with salmonella.

The recall affects ten states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Wisconsin.

So far, 22 individuals have been infected with the same strain of Salmonella according to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). Six people have been hospitalized.

The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating the outbreak with the help of the affected states’ public health departments.

Sprouts can carry a risk of foodborne illness because they are often eaten raw or undercooked, and grow in moist conditions ideal for the growth of bacteria.

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Ariel Ivas

Ariel Ivas is a summer intern with Earth Eats and a senior at Indiana University, majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing, with a minor in telecommunications.

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