April 21, 2000
Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pacific Coast Sprout Farms Brand Raw
Mung Bean Sprouts
Sacramento, CA (SafetyAlerts) - California State Health
Director Diana Bontá today warned consumers not to eat Pacific Coast Sprout Farms brand
raw mung bean sprouts purchased before April 18 because the product may be contaminated
with Salmonella, a bacteria that causes human illness. Forty-five cases of Salmonella
Enteritidis, a foodborne illness, have been confirmed in Sacramento, Placer and Yolo
The California Department of Health Services (DHS)
and the Sacramento and Placer county health departments have linked this outbreak to mung
bean sprout consumption. The illnesses have occurred since March 26 and include 38 cases
in Sacramento County, four in Placer County and three in Yolo County.
While most of the patients suffered diarrhea and
cramping, two immunocompromised patients were hospitalized with bloodstream infections.
The manufacturer, located in Sacramento, has
voluntarily recalled the bean sprouts, which were distributed to restaurants and grocery
stores in Northern California and Reno area in 12 ounce and 16 ounce plastic bags and in
Bontá advised consumers who purchased raw bean
sprouts with the label "Pacific Coast Sprout Farms" or raw mung bean sprouts
from this manufacturer sold in bulk from supermarkets in Sacramento, Placer and Yolo
counties prior to April 18 to discard or return them to the place of purchase.
This is the first reported outbreak of
salmonellosis associated with raw mung bean sprouts in the United States. Previous
outbreaks have been associated with raw alfalfa and clover sprouts.
Salmonellosis is an acute bacterial infection
commonly characterized by diarrhea and fever. Symptoms usually develop within one to four
days after eating contaminated food. Most ill individuals recover without the need for
Some individuals with salmonellosis develop
serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and even death. People who have eaten
sprouts and develop symptoms should contact their doctor.
Consumers with questions about the recall may
phone Pacific Coast Sprout Farms at 916/381-6054.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers April 21,
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