Two sprout producers initiate recalls

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WASHINGTON — Two producers of sprouts have initiated recalls due to illnesses caused by Salmonella contamination.

In late December, Tiny Greens Organic Farm, Urbana, Ill., recalled alfalfa sprout and spicy sprout products that may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 94 throughout 16 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been tracking the Salmonella outbreak, which has been linked to serotype I 4,[5],12:i: infections since Nov. 1.

Approximately half of the illnesses occurred in Illinois, where many of the ill individuals ate sandwiches containing sprouts at various Jimmy John’s outlets. Jimmy John’s restaurants have voluntarily suspended serving sprouts at their Illinois franchise locations, according to the C.D.C.

The Tiny Greens Organic Farm produces 16 types of sprouts, sunflower greens and wheatgrass.

On Jan. 3 a second company, Sprouters Northwest, Inc., Kent, Wash., announced it was recalling all of its clover and clover mix sprout products due to possible Salmonella contamination. The company initiated the recall after discussions with local public health authorities.

The Oregon Public Health Division has been tracking a Salmonella outbreak in the region since Dec. 4. The public health group said at least six people have been sickened, including two in Oregon and four in Washington. The specific Salmonella serotype was not identified.

Sprouters Northwest said production of the recalled products has been suspended while the company and the F.D.A. continue to investigate the source of the Salmonella outbreak.
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