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Bad Sprouts

By on August 12, 2016

The FDA advises consumers to not eat recalled “5-lb Living Alfalfa” sprouts produced by Sprouts Extraordinaire at this time because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled sprouts were harvested on July 4, 2016 through July 26, 2016. Restaurants and other retailers should not sell or serve these sprouts.

Both the FDA, CDC, state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to alfalfa sprouts produced by Sprouts Extraordinaire. The CDC reports that 30 people infected with the outbreak strains have been reported from nine states.


Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

Public health investigators are using the PulseNet system to identify illnesses that may be part of this outbreak. PulseNet, coordinated by CDC, is the national subtyping network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories. PulseNet performs DNA fingerprinting on Salmonella bacteria isolated from ill people. CDC PulseNet manages a national database of these DNA fingerprints to identify possible outbreaks.

Thirty people infected with the outbreak strains have been reported from nine states. Of those ill people, 24 were infected with Salmonella Reading, 1 was infected with Salmonella Abony, and 5 were infected with both.  A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Case Count Map.

The products were distributed to Colorado, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming and Wisconsin. FDA is working with the recalling firm to ensure their recall is effective and that recalled product is removed from the market.


 Content for this article provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA governmental agency website.