Alfalfa seeds suspected in link to salmonella in sprouts

Seeds for alfalfa sprouts are the suspected cause of salmonella contamination that’s linked to illnesses in six states. The FDA and CDC are advising people not eat raw alfalfasprouts or sprout blends containing them. Since mid-March, 31 salmonella cases have been confirmed in Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah and West Virginia. The initial investigation traces the sprouts contaminated with the Salmonella Saintpaul strain to “multiple sproutgrowers in multiple states.” Officials say most of the people who became ill and were identified with that strain reported having eaten raw alfalfa sprouts and the number of people sickened is likely even higher.

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