Salmonella Triggers Nationwide Sprout Recall

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Michael Duva
    The FDA has issued a warning against eating raw alfalfa sprouts, which could be contaminated with salmonella.

    Salmonella poisoning has triggered a nationwide recall of alfalfa sprouts. The sprouts, produced by Caldwell Fresh Foods, were sold in at least 18 states.

    Twenty-three people, including an infant, in 10 states have reportedly become ill, according to the Maywood, Calif., food maker who issued the voluntary recall on Friday.

    The sprouts were sold at stores including Walmart, Trader Joe's and other locations as well as distributed to a variety of restaurants nationwide. The recalled sprouts are labeled and packaged as:

    • Caldwell Fresh Foods: 4-ounce plastic cups and one pound plastic bags, and 2-pound and 5 pound plastic bags in cardboard boxes with sticker affixed with the printed words Caldwell Fresh Foods.
    • Nature’s Choice: 4-ounce plastic cups
    • California Exotics brands: 5-ounce plastic clamshell containers

    Maurie Thomas, Caldwell's general manager, said that a 4-month-old infant, who'd been fed a blended mixture of spouts and water, was the first to become ill. None of those who became sick died but four were hospitalized. The last known illness was reported on May 2, according to Caldwell.

    Consumers who are experiencing illness after consuming our sprouts should seek medical attention. Consumers that have purchased alfalfa sprouts manufactured by Caldwell Fresh Foods are urged to return them to the place of purchase for refund or dispose of them. Consumers with questions may contact Maurie Thomas at 323-589-5008 from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST or 562-858-1201, 24 hours a day.

    This story is developing and will be updated.