Sprouts Recalled After Possible Link to 5-State Salmonella Outbreak

Alfalfa SproutsEvergreen Fresh Sprouts, which has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 21 people in five states, recalled certain packages of its alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts on Friday because of the possibility the sprouts could be contaminated with salmonella.

In a recall announced Friday through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company said that "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. Tests of Evergreen sprouts are still pending."Earlier in the week, the Moyie Springs, Idaho, company declined to recall its products, saying there was not a link between the outbreak and the sprouts. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continuing to investigate the outbreak.

Included in the recall are:

  • Alfalfa Sprouts, Evergreen Produce, 4-ounce bag, UPC number 8 38796 00103 7
  • Alfalfa Sprouts, Evergreen Produce, 16-ounce bag, UPC number 8 38796 00108 2
  • Alfalfa Sprouts, Evergreen Produce, 5-pound bag, no UPC number
  • Spicy Sprouts, Evergreen Produce, 4-ounce bag, UPC number 8 38796 00102 0
  • Spicy Sprouts, Evergreen Produce, 16-ounce or 5-pound bag, no UPC number

The recalled sprouts have expiration dates between June 22, 2011, and July 14, 2011. The recalled alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts were distributed in Idaho and Washington by direct delivery to four distributors and three retail stores.

Salmonella can cause potentially life-threatening infections in very young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Even normally healthy people can suffer from diarrhea, vomiting and fever after contracting a salmonella infection.

Consumers who purchased the recalled sprouts shouldn't eat them and should throw them away. Call Evergreen's Nadine Scharf at (208) 267-4258 between noon and 7:30 p.m. EST for more information.

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