November 3, 1999Boise Consumer Coop
Alfalfa Sprouts Recalled for Salmonella Contamination
Boise, ID (SafetyAlerts) - Pennington Greens announced Friday the
recall of alfalfa sprouts sold at the Boise Consumer Coop because the sprouts may be
contaminated with salmonella.
The recalled sprouts bear the
Boise Consumer Coop name and are sold in 5 ounces up to 2.5 pound containers. The
recall affects only sprout packages labeled with dates between August 22, 1999 and October
20, 1999. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare urges people to examine their
refrigerators for the potentially contaminated sprouts.
People who find the product in
their refrigerators should destroy the sprouts or return them to the Boise Consumer Coop.
The sprouts were sold only at the Boise Coop. All of the potentially contaminated sprouts
have been removed from the shelves.
"No illnesses in Idaho have
been associated with the sprouts, but for safetys sake, people should check their
refrigerators," said Frank Isenberg of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's
Food Protection Program.
Salmonella can cause serious and
sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with
weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience fever,
diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. People with these
symptoms should consult their physician.
The recall is related to an
ongoing Food and Drug Administration investigation of contaminated sprout seed distributed
nationwide by a Tennessee company.
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