Alfalfa Sprouts Recalled in Connection with Midwest E. coli Outbreak
An E. coli outbreak has prompted a voluntary recall for alfalfa sprouts and alfalfa onion sprouts from Jack and the Green Sprouts.
The recall announcement was made after the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) identified seven E. coli cases. Two were hospitalized, and both have recovered. Additionally, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) has reported two illnesses.
Retailers and restaurants have been instructed not to continue to sell or serve the affected product. Health officials recommend not eating any alfalfa sprouts produced by Jack and the Green Sprouts, though there has been no conclusive evidence indicating that the Wisconsin farm is the source of the contamination.
Minnesota officials are working with investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), WDHS, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WIDATCP) to identify the source of the outbreak. More information will become available as the investigation proceeds.
Jack and the Green Sprouts alfalfa sprouts may be packaged in a plastic clamshell with a brightly colored round label on top that notes the sprout variety. The alfalfa sprouts may be mixed in the same package with other sprout varieties.
The company distributes its products to states in the upper Midwest and possibly other states.
E. coli can cause severe diarrhea that is often bloody, severe abdominal pain, and vomiting. Usually, little or no fever is present. One severe symptom is the contraction of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can result in decreased urine production, dark or tea-colored urine, and facial pallor.
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