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November 3, 1999

Boise 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 safety’s 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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