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July 13, 2000

Dangerous Bacteria found in R-Gang Sprouts

Sacramento, CA (SafetyAlerts) - California Department of Health Services (DHS) officials today warned consumers not to eat sprout products produced by R-Gang Sprouts because samples taken at its processing plant have tested positive for E. coli 0157:H7, a dangerous bacteria. No known human illnesses have been linked to consumption of this product.

The manufacturer, R-Gang Sprouts of Windsor in Sonoma County, has voluntarily recalled all of its sprout products because of the potential for human illnesses.

The products are distributed primarily in Northern California to grocery stores, delicatessens and wholesale distributors. The recall includes all containers and all sizes labeled as R-Gang Sprouts of Windsor, California.

Sprouts have repeatedly been linked to outbreaks of E. coli 0157 and Salmonella infections. E.coli 0157:H7 infections cause diarrhea and fever. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some individuals can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. This condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

Individuals who have consumed sprouts and develop severe symptoms should contact their doctor.

Sprouts are of concern for several reasons:

  • Sprouts generally are eaten raw with no additional treatment, such as cooking, which eliminates bacteria that can cause disease.
  • Conditions required for sprout growing are ideal for rapid bacterial growth.
  • Consumers may be unknowingly exposed to sprouts on sandwiches or salads purchased at restaurants and delicatessens.

 "High-risk" individuals, including the very young, the elderly and individuals with compromised immune systems, should avoid eating raw sprouts until methods are implemented to improve their safety. DHS officials reiterated their warning that sprouts should not be served in day care centers, school lunch programs, nursing homes and hospitals.

Consumers who purchased the recalled sprout products should discard or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers July 13, 2000.

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