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Salmonella Sprouting: Caldwell Alfalfa Recall Across 10 States, Including Colorado

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If you’re fond of alfalfa sprouts, you should take a moment to read this. As of May 21, there’s been a recall of all alfalfa sprouts produced by California-based company, Caldwell Fresh Foods. To the company’s credit, the recall is voluntary, but it affects all of its sprouts, which include those marketed under the brands Caldwell Fresh Foods, Nature’s Choice, and California Exotics.

According to the FDA, these sprouts have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections that spans across ten states, including Colorado. Between March 1, 2010 and May 20 there have been 22 cases of Salmonella Newport confirmed in Arizona (1), California (11), Colorado (1), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Missouri (1), New Mexico (1), Nevada (2), Oregon (1), and Wisconsin (2). So far there have been six hospitalizations and fortunately no fatalities.

Thanks to the FDA release we know exactly what products to avoid:

This recall affects raw alfalfa sprouts packaged and labeled as: Caldwell Fresh Foods alfalfa sprouts – 4-ounce plastic cups and one pound plastic bags and in 2-pound and 5-pound plastic bags in cardboard boxes with sticker affixed with the printed words “Caldwell Fresh Foods”; Nature’s Choice alfalfa sprouts – 4-ounce plastic cups; California Exotics brands alfalfa sprouts – 5-ounce plastic clamshell containers. No other alfalfa sprouts are implicated in the outbreak.

Since Wal-Mart and Trader Joe’s are two of the big outlets supplied with these products one should be extra careful when purchasing sprouts there. Mary Clare Jalonick (Twitter: @MCJalonick), who covers food-related topics for The Associated Press, reports that the troublesome greenery has been sold to over 400 Wal-Mart stores in 15 states.

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