Monday, June 27, 2011

FDA: Evergreen Produce sprouts may carry salmonella

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health regulators advised people not to eat alfalfa or spicy sprouts under the Evergreen Produce brand on Monday as they investigate a possible link to a salmonella outbreak in five U.S. states. The outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis, which is not linked to Europe's recent food borne illnesses involving sprouts, has so far caused 20 reported cases, including one hospitalization, in Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota and Washington, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Raw or lightly cooked sprouts have been linked to at least 30 reported U.S. outbreaks of food borne illnesses since 1996, mostly salmonella and E. coli, according to the FDA.


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