Evergreen Produce Alfalfa Sprouts Recall

The owner of Evergreen Produce has not recalled alfalfa sprouts associated with a multistate outbreak of Salmonella, but the FDA has issued a warning to consumers regarding the product.

  • The FDA is warning consumers not to eat alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts from plastic bags labeled “Evergreen Produce” or “Evergreen Produce Inc.”
  • The sprouts are possibly linked to 20 reported cases, including one hospitalization, of Salmonella Enteritidis in Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, and Washington State.
  • The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness from Salmonella infection.
  • Consumers, retailers and others who have alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts in plastic bags labeled “Evergreen Produce” or “Evergreen Produce Inc.” should discard them in a sealed container so people and animals, including wild animals, cannot eat them.

The June 27, 2011, FDA warning was updated the next day with revised figures from the CDC:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are currently a total of 21 reported cases, including 3 hospitalizations, of Salmonella Enteritidis.

The CDC has been warning the public for years about the risk of eating sprouts because:

  • Sprouts usually are eaten raw, with no additional treatment (i.e., cooking), which eliminates bacteria that can cause disease.
  • Conditions required for sprout growing are ideal for rapid bacterial growth.
  • Consumers may unknowingly be exposed to sprouts on sandwiches or salads purchased at restaurants and delicatessens.

Salmonellosis (infection associated with Salmonella) is an acute bacterial infection that can cause diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Symptoms usually develop within one to four days after eating contaminated food. Most cases resolve without the need for medical attention. However, some individuals with salmonellosis develop a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization.

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