Updated December 30, 2022– SunSprout sprouts are identified as the source. A Salmonella outbreak linked to SunSprout alfalfa sprouts has sickened 15 people in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Oklahoma. Two people have been hospitalized. SunSprout has issued a recall for two lots of alfalfa sprouts that were distributed to grocery stores and restaurants.
Health officials have used whole genome sequencing (WGS) to identify the genetic “fingerprint” of the outbreak strain. So far, they have confirmed that one person in Oklahoma, eight people in Nebraska, and six people in South Dakota have all been sickened by the same strain of Salmonella Typhimurium. Further tests are underway.
During interviews with health officials, these patients mentioned the names of stores and restaurants where they purchased alfalfa sprouts (or meals containing them) before they became ill. Tracing back the company that supplied sprouts to these establishments, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was able to determine that alfalfa sprouts produced by SunSprout of Fremont, Nebraska are the likely source of this outbreak. In addition, two patients specifically stated that they had purchased SunSprout alfalfa sprouts at the grocery store.
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Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually set in within six to 72 hours of exposure and include nausea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that can be bloody. The people sickened in this outbreak, who range in age from 19 to 78 years old, reported the onset of symptoms between December 2–13. Anyone who ate sprouts and develops these symptoms should see a doctor and mention exposure to Salmonella.
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UPDATE: This post was updated on December 30, 2022, when the FDA confirmed that SunSprout alfalfa sprouts were the source of the outbreak and the CDC joined the investigation.
UPDATE: This post was originally published on December 24, 2022, and updated on December 28, 2022, when the FDA announced it had joined the investigation and declared that it was multistate.