CDC and FDA: Avoid eating raw alfalfa sprouts

    Consumer Reports News: April 28, 2009 11:32 AM

    Consumers should avoid eating raw alfalfa sprouts until further notice, according to a warning issued jointly by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control. The sprouts have been linked to salmonella cases in several states and officials believe that tainted seeds, sold nationwide, may be the cause of the outbreak. Other types of sprouts have not been implicated.

    There have been 31 cases of salmonella saintpaul in Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah and West Virginia linked to alfalfa sprouts since mid-March, the FDA said. No deaths have been reported. The current outbreak appears to be an extension of an outbreak that sickened more than 100 people in February and March in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota, officials said.

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